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What is gout and how does polycythemia vera cause it?

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Gout is a type of arthritis. It's caused by the buildup of uric acid in your joints.

Uric acid forms into hard crystals that leave the joints sore and swollen. You get gout when cells turn over too quickly in your body -- like in polycythemia vera.

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: "Peptic Ulcer Disease."

Cancer Care: "Managing Symptoms of Polycythemia Vera (PV)."

Khan, F. Anaesthesia, Pain & Intensive Care, 2012.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Myelofibrosis Facts."

Medscape: "Polycythemia Vera Clinical Presentation," "Polycythemia Vera Treatment & Management."

MPN Research Foundation: "What is Primary Myelofibrosis (MF)?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Polycythemia Vera Treated?" "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Polycythemia Vera?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers About Gout."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

News release, FDA.

Patrono, C. Blood, 2013.

The Myeloproliferative Disorders Research Consortium: "FAQ: About Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: "Polycythemia Vera."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: "Peptic Ulcer Disease."

Cancer Care: "Managing Symptoms of Polycythemia Vera (PV)."

Khan, F. Anaesthesia, Pain & Intensive Care, 2012.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Myelofibrosis Facts."

Medscape: "Polycythemia Vera Clinical Presentation," "Polycythemia Vera Treatment & Management."

MPN Research Foundation: "What is Primary Myelofibrosis (MF)?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Polycythemia Vera Treated?" "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Polycythemia Vera?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers About Gout."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

News release, FDA.

Patrono, C. Blood, 2013.

The Myeloproliferative Disorders Research Consortium: "FAQ: About Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: "Polycythemia Vera."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

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