Gout: Tips on diagnosis, treatment, and patient education
Mariann Montgomery RN, MSN, CNE

The Nurse Practitioner
December 2008 
Volume 33  Number 12
Pages 28 - 32
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Montgomery, Mariann RN, MSN, CNE

Issue: Volume 33(12), December 2008, p 28–32 Publication Type: [Features: GOUT MANAGEMENT] Publisher: © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Mariann Montgomery is an assistant professor of nursing, Kent State University, Tuscarawas Campus, New Philadelphia, Ohio, and a doctoral student at West Virginia University School of Nursing, Morgantown, W. Va. Figure. No caption available.

Gout is a term used to describe a group of conditions related to various defects in purine metabolism. Its prevalence and impact increased over the last few decades, with nearly 5 million people currently afflicted in the United States. 1 The incidence of gout increases with age and body mass index. Of those with this condition, approximately 50% are more than 15% over their ideal body weight. 2 It is more common in males than females; of patients with gout, 90% are men. 3 Males typically experience their first manifestation of symptoms between the ...

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