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What causes gout?

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An excess of uric acid in the blood brings on gout. Uric acid comes from two places -- produced by the body and from the diet. Any extra uric acid usually filters through the kidneys and gets passed in urine. If the body produces too much uric acid or fails to excrete it in the urine, crystals of monosodium urate form in the joints and tendons. These crystals cause intense inflammation leading to pain swelling and redness.

From: Understanding Gout -- Basics WebMD Medical Reference

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The Mayo Clinic:  "Gout."

CDC: "Arthritis: Gout."

Medscape: "Gout and Pseudogout."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2018

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The Mayo Clinic:  "Gout."

CDC: "Arthritis: Gout."

Medscape: "Gout and Pseudogout."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2018

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