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What can happen if gout isn't treated?

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If gout isn’t treated over long periods of time, the crystals can form lumps under the skin around the joint. They’re called tophi. They don’t hurt, but they can affect the way the joint looks. And if the crystals accumulate in the urinary tract, they can form kidney stones.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health: “What Is Gout?”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gout Symptoms,” “Gout Treatment”

Cleveland Clinic: “Gout.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 30, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health: “What Is Gout?”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gout Symptoms,” “Gout Treatment”

Cleveland Clinic: “Gout.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 30, 2020

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