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Question: Is gout autoimmune?


 condev - Thu Dec 27, 2007 8:26 am

Can you please tell me whether or not gout is considered an autoimmune disease?

Thank You!
 Debbie Miller, RN - Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:10 pm

User avatar I have not seen gout classified as an autoimmune disorder. Gout results from deposits of needle-like crystals of uric acid in connective tissue, joint spaces, or both and is considered a rheumatic disease - a form of arthritis.

Best wishes.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:36 pm

User avatar Hi Condev,

Gout is not an autoimmune disease. Gout is caused by a problem in the body's ability to process uric acid. This leads to higher levels of uric acid in the blood. The uric acid then crystalizes and deposits in joints causing the severe pain.

Antibodies are not involved in the process.

Best wishes.

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