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Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs when uric acid accumulates in blood and leads to joint inflammation.

  • Acute gout is a painful condition that generally affects one joint.
  • Chronic gout is repeated episodes of pain and inflammation, which may involve more than one joint.

Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms of gout are:

  • Pain in big toe, knee, or ankle joints
  • Sudden onset of pain
  • Fever
  • Joint appears warm and red


Gout is caused by having higher-than-normal levels of uric acid in your body. This is when your body produces too much uric acid or when your body has a tough time getting rid of uric acid. Other causes include:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Obesity
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Leukemia and other blood cancers