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I Have Gout, Now What?

Paramus Daily Voice—September 27, 2016

In a recent article published by Paramus Daily Voice, Dee Dee Wu, MD, a rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery, explains the diagnosis and treatment of gout in a two-part series.

Dr. Wu explains that, "The diagnosis of gout is based on clinical history, physical findings of joint inflammation and most importantly, the identification of uric acid crystals in joint fluid obtained from the affected joint."

She also mentions, "It is important to begin therapy quickly as the joint pain is often debilitating. Mild to moderate gout attacks can be managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen. Colchicine can be used for acute gout and also long-term for prevention of future gout. Oral or intravenous steroids, as well as local steroid injections into affected joints, can also quickly resolve joint inflammation."

To read more, visit Paramus.DailyVoice.com.



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