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Gout Arthritisis is one form of artritis. It is an inherited ailment related to abnormal metabolism, or body handling of certain important compounds called purines, in foods. As a result of the faulty metabolism of purines, an increased level of a breakdown product of purines is called uric acid, which builds up in the blood and body tissues. Purines are faulty metabolism, it causes an inflammatory reaction by the joint tissues leading to severe pain, swelling, and stiffness. The joints that are affected are the lower extremities-the great toe. Gout can be severe and disabling and could lead to permanent deformity if left untreated; it can damage joints and injure kidneys (Medical Guide by Benjamin F. Miller, M.D. with Lawrence Galton, 4th Edition-Revised and Updated, Simon & Shuster New York, 1978).
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