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Multiarticular chronic tophaceous gout with severe and multiple ulcerations: a case report

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Author(s): Falidas Evangelos | Rallis Efstathios | Bournia Vasiliki-Kalliopi | Mathioulakis Stavros | Pavlakis Emmanouil | Villias Constantinos

Journal: Journal of Medical Case Reports
ISSN 1752-1947

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 397;
Date: 2011;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Abstract Introduction Gout is a common inflammatory arthritis caused by articular precipitation of monosodium urate crystals. It usually affects the first metatarsophalangeal joint of the foot and less commonly other joints, such as wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. Case presentation We report the case of a 75-year-old Caucasian man with tophaceous multiarticular gout, soft-tissue involvement and ulcerated tophi on the first metatarsophalangeal joint of the left foot, on the first interphalangeal joint of the right foot and on the left thumb. Conclusion Ulcers due to tophaceous gout are currently uncommon considering the positive effect of pharmaceutical treatment in controlling hyperuricemia. Surgical treatment is seldom required for gout and is usually reserved for cases of recurrent attacks with deformities, severe pain, infection and joint destruction.
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