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What is gout, and how to recognize and treat it

Espresso Logo By Adam Bisby of Espresso | Slide 2 of 21: Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the body. This condition is called hyperuricemia, and causes needle-like crystals to begin forming in any of your body’s joints during the first stage of gout. This period, known as asymptomatic hyperuricemia, occurs before the first gout attack.

Causes: Excess uric acid

Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the body. This condition is called hyperuricemia, and causes needle-like crystals to begin forming in any of your body’s joints during the first stage of gout. This period, known as asymptomatic hyperuricemia, occurs before the first gout attack.

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