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Gout: optimizing treatment to achieve a disease cure

José Antonio Bernal, Neus Quilis, Mariano Andrés, Francisca Sivera, Eliseo Pascual
Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease 2016, 7 (2): 135-44
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Gout is one of the most common inflammatory arthritides. The disease is due to the deposition of monosodium urate crystals. These deposits are reversible with proper treatment, suggesting that gout is a curable disease. The main aim in gout is to lower serum uric acid levels to a pre-established target; there are different urate-lowering drugs (xanthine oxidase inhibitors, uricosurics and uricases) through which this can be achieved. Proper treatment of gout also involves correct management of acute flares and their prevention. To ensure treatment adherence it is necessary to explain to the patient what the objectives are.

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