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Can Gout Cause Kidney Failure

2013-12-04 15:10

Gout refers to a condition occurring when high levels of uric acid build up in blood and cause inflammation in the joints. A person with long-term gout may develop kidney failure.

How does gout cause Kidney Failure?

Uric acid is the byproduct of purine.In normal condition,it dissolves in the blood and processes through the kidney,and leaves the body in the urine.If the metabolic disorder occurs, the body will make extra uric acid.If the levels of uric acid becomes too high, it will cause hyperuricemia. If the condition continues, crystals may form and cause gout.

Kidney failure can be due to a myriad of possible causes in gout. Firstly,if uric acid crystals deposit in the kidneys,they can become large stones.These stones may form an obstruction that prevents the kidneys from removing wastes,causing infection. Secondly,the uric acid crystals in kidneys can cause inflammation in kidneys.The inflammation may worsen renal function,resulting in gradual loss of renal function. Eventually, kidney failure will result.

Thirdly,gout is very difficult to manage.The patients have to depend on a large dosage of anti-inflammation drugs to suppress the inflammation.Some drugs have nephrotoxicity and may impair kidneys,leading to kidney impairment.

The above are the causes of kidney problem in gout.For more information on the topic, you can email to kidneycares@hotmail.com.

How to prevent kidney failure in gout?

To prevent kidney failure in gout,the most important treatment goal is to prevent gout from affecting kidneys.How to control gout becomes the concern for the patients.

As high uric acid level is the cause gout,it is important to control the level of uric acid.Firstly,it is important for the patients to cut down foods loaded in purine.Secondly,apart from the anti-inflammation drugs,Micro-Chinese Medicines Osmotherapy can suppress the inflammation and correct the metabolic disorder.If so,the gout will be controlled fundamentally and will not cause damage to kidneys.

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