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When a patient presents to an emergency department or urgent care centre, they should be given the best available information.

This updated fact sheet helps ensure clinicians and patients have access to easy-to-read information about different emergency conditions.

Give this fact sheet to your patients when discharging them from an emergency department or urgent care centre.

Download our fact sheet to provide your patients with easy to follow guidance on gout and pseudogout.

This fact sheet has the #withconsumers tick from the Consumers Health Forum of Australia

Gout and pseudogout are both caused by sharp crystals that collect in the joint.

Gout (also called metabolic arthritis) is a common form of arthritis and occurs when uric acid crystals form in and around joints, causing sudden and intense pain, redness and swelling.

It is usually found in the big toe, but other joints of the feet, ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers can also be affected. It can occur at any time and is more common with increasing age. It is seen more often in males than females. Gout may also lead to kidney stones.

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Page last updated: 15 Jan 2021

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