Conditions InDepth: Gout
- Impaired ability to clear the uric acid in the kidneys, which may occur with kidney damage or disease
Increased production of uric acid, which may be caused by one or more of the following:
- Excess consumption of foods high in purines like steak, seafood, and organ meats
- Consumption of foods that encourage high uric acid levels, such as alcohol or sugary drinks
- Certain medications, such as diuretics, salicylate containing medications (like aspirin), niacin, or levodopa
- Medical conditions such as high blood pressure , hypothyroidism , Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome or Lesch-Nyhan syndrome
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- Update Date: 03/15/2015 -
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