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Educating Patients on What it Means to Have Gout


As a result of the knowledge gap about gout, patients need to be taught that just because an episode ends doesn’t mean they’re cured, according to Theodore Fields, MD, director, Rheumatology Faculty Practice Plan at the Hospital for Special Surgery and a professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.
“It’s an ongoing disease,” he says. “The crystals are still in the joints, they can still get more episodes down the road.”
Even if the patient’s acute attack is treated, they can gradually get worse if the uric acid isn’t brought down.

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