Misdiagnosed Gout Can Cause Unwanted Problems

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A study published in The Journal of Rheumatology in 1991 gave to recognize common rheumatic diseases, in this case gout. The study reported that 164 people seen at an arthritis center in Kansas over a 14-year period had been given an erroneous diagnosis of gout by physicians in the community. These people represented 1.8% of the people seen at the center during this 14-year period with diagnoses of gout.

Although this may seem like a small percentage, it is still important, considering that it is relatively easy to diagnose gout. Perhaps more importantly, 76% of the subjects given the wrong diagnosis in the study received an unnecessary treatment that was expensive and that had considerable potential for toxicity.

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