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Gout: A Family Affair
Gout is a condition that occurs when uric acid, a waste product produced during metabolism, is deposited as needle-like crystals into the joints and soft tissues in the body. Once inside the joints, the uric acid crystals cause inflammatory arthritis, which leads to swelling, redness, heat, stiffness and pain in and around the joints.
Uric acid is a substance created from the breakdown of purines, a component of human tissue found in a variety of foods. Usually, uric acid becomes dissolved in the bloodstream and is passed through the...