The Diagnosis and Treatment of Gout

Robert G. Smith, DPM, MSc, RPh, CPed

Disclosures

US Pharmacist. 2009;34(5):40-47. 

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Conclusion

Gout is a monosodium urate, monohydrate crystal deposit disease. It was among the earliest diseases to be recognized as a clinical entity. Clinical pharmacists need to be empowered with knowledge to assist prescribing clinicians in order to maximize therapeutic outcomes when treating gout. To achieve this goal, a foundation of new insights into the pathogenesis of hyperuricemia and gout has been reviewed. Risk factors, typical presentation of symptoms, and key diagnostic parameters have been offered so that pharmacists can achieve an appreciation of gout as a significant disease. Both nonpharmacologic modalities and pharmacologic therapies have been discussed so that greater patient adherence through medication counseling can be achieved.

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