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Ocular Complications of Gout: The Spectrum of Urate Crystal Deposition

A Rheumatology Advisor article reports on a recent case study that found urate crystal deposits in the retina of a 62-year-old patient with uncontrolled gout. Although gout can affect many organs, there have been no previous findings that indicated crystal deposits could be present in the retina.

HSS rheumatologist Theodore R. Fields, MD, FACP, who was not involved in the study, commented on the new discovery and the retinal complications of gout.

"The potential locations of urate crystal deposition have essentially been unlimited… The current paper describing possible macular urate deposition is a reminder of how important it is to properly manage gout, especially in patients with the worst cases, such as a patient with extensive visible tophaceous deposits, as mentioned with the patient presented in the case," said Dr. Fields.

He added that attempts should be made to find additional gout patients with refractile macular deposits to support future research in this area.

Read the full article at rheumatologyadvisor.com