Conditions InDepth: Gout
- Impaired ability to clear the uric acid in the kidneys 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 purine 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 medication (such as aspirin), niacin, or levodopa
- Medical conditions such as high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome or Lesch-Nyhan syndrome
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/05/2014 -
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