Gout and pseudogout

A condition that usually affects men between the age of 30 and 60 usually caused by an unhealthy diet and lifestyle

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About gout and pseudogaut

Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis, caused by crystal deposits in your joint. Pseudogout is caused by a different type of crystal deposit. Both can cause severe, sudden joint pain especially at the base of your big toe. Pain usually comes on very quickly. Future damage to joints can be avoided with treatment.

Need to know

Symptoms may include:

  • severe, sudden pain in any joint but usually the big toe, fingers, wrists, elbows or knees
  • red, hot and/or swollen skin over the affected joint
  • the affected joint feeling very tender to the touch

Your consultant will speak to you about your symptoms and perform a physical examination of your joints. They may also suggest some, or all, of the following tests to confirm diagnosis:

  • blood tests
  • an X-ray of the affected joint
  • a synovial fluid exam.

This involve taking fluid samples from a joint through a needle and examining them under a microscope for urate crystals.

Possible treatments include:

  • urate lowering drugs
  • to reduce the uric acid levels in your blood
  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Our Gout and pseudogout locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.