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    Gout - Prevention

    Gout usually develops after a number of years of buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints and surrounding tissue. You probably won't know that you have an elevated uric acid level in your blood until you have had your first gout attack.

    But you can help prevent or reduce the severity of future gout attacks. To learn more, see Home Treatment.

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    Understanding Gout -- Diagnosis & Treatment

    To diagnose gout, blood and urine tests are needed but may not always give the answer. Demonstrating high uric acid in the blood is essential, but you can have a high level of uric acid without having gout. Or you may have normal uric acid levels at the time of a gout attack. To confirm the presence of gout, fluid drawn from the affected joint may be examined under a special polarizing microscope to see if it shows the characteristic crystals. X-rays are useful in confirming long-term or chronic...

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    Last Updated: September 30, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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