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Kidney Stones and Gout

July 22, 2013 by Teresa.

Is there a connection between kidney stones and gout? The answer to that question is both a yes and a no. You may be scratching your head right now in a state of confusion, but there is a reasonable explanation.

Three Types of Kidney Stones

Yes, there are different types of kidney stones. In fact, there are three types of kidney stones in all and none of them are formed exactly alike. Struvite, calcium oxalate and uric acid can all form kidney stones. The magic words in that list were uric acid.

Gout and Uric Acid

If you've already been diagnosed with gout, you probably know that the disease is caused by an excess amount of uric acid in the bloodstream. Generally speaking, our kidneys do a really good job of filtering this out of our system. However, when the kidneys are unable to do the job effectively, major problems can result. Gout can be an end result of the buildup of excess uric acid in our joints when this acid crystallizes.

Uric Acid Stones

If the excess acid begins to line the upper part of the kidney, stones may be formed. Fortunately, the vast majority of kidney stones are passed harmlessly through the urinary tract. However, the passage of a stone is not necessarily without pain. Oftentimes, the pain can be excruciating.

When gout and kidney stones are left untreated, either one can cause the other condition to occur. It is never wise to ignore the symptoms of gout or kidney problems, However, kidney stones can be particularly dangerous, often landing a person in the emergency room.

It's worth noting that kidney disease can easily go undiagnosed until the late stages occur. Sometimes by the time a patient seeks help it is too late. There is a indisputable connection between kidney stones and gout. Keeping your kidneys healthy is very important. Don't ignore troubling symptoms or put off receiving a proper diagnosis.

Filed under: Gout Suffers, New Study.

Tags: kidney stones, gout, uric acid, uric acid stones.

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