Mayo Clinic research finds that rheumatoid arthritis patients can also get gout. The gout study reveals, contrary to conventional wisdom, rheumatoid arthritis patients aren’t immune to the nation’s obesity-fueled gout epidemic. Rheumatology chair and lead author Eric Matteson, M.D., says, "It is probably true that flares of rheumatoid arthritis in some cases might actually have been flares of gout and that the gout wasn’t diagnosed; it wasn’t realized that it was a coexistent problem. Awareness will lead to better management of gout in those patients.” The research is among several studies Mayo Clinic is presenting at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in Washington.
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