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Key Nutrition Issues


Gout is a type of arthritis that causes acute pain, inflammation and swelling in the joints, most commonly the metatarsal-phalangeal joint (the joint between the ball of the foot and the big toe) (1,2). Hyperuricemia over a long period can result in monosodium urate (MSU) crystal configuration in and around the joints (1,2).

 The aim of treatment is to manage acute gout attacks and to prevent further/future gout attacks and deposition of MSU crystals (1-3). Management consists of

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Last Updated: 2016-10-27