Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by uric acid buildup in the joints. Uric acid is created when the body breaks down substances called purines found in some foods and drinks, including liver, beans, and beer.
Gout in the elbow is rare but usually seen in people who have lived with gout for many years or whose gout isn’t well managed.
What is Gout?
Gout develops when too much uric acid in the body accumulates in the blood. The excessive uric acid causes the formation of crystals that find their way to the joints and surrounding tissues.
Your body treats gout crystals as invaders and the result is inflammation. The process is quick and gout spots can appear overnight.
Gout can affect any joints or tissues but the most commonly affected joint is the big toe. The hands, hips, knees, ankles, and elbows may also be effected by gout.
Increased uric acid can also cause crystal formations (kidney stones) in the kidneys which could potentially cause kidney damage.
About Elbow Gout
Much like gout in a big toe, gout in the elbow is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood. Sometimes excess uric acid forms crystals that deposit themselves into your elbow joints.
Once crystals form in the elbow joints, swelling, redness, and pain will occur and the area may even appear infected.
The symptoms of gout in the elbow appear unexpectedly.
You may have no signs of a problem in your elbow but then you wake up the following morning and your elbow is inflamed and extremely painful. The slightest touch, such as your clothing touching your elbow, brings about pain.
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