Gout Terms Defined: Polyarticular Gout

Welcome as we premiere another segment here at Got Gout? called Gout Terms Defined; what it is about is pretty much self-explanatory.

Definition of “polyarticular gout”

Today’s term is actually quite simple, even though it may seem and sound medically deep. “Polyarticular” comes from the Latin word articulus, which means joint or a joint. Polyarticular gout is nothing but gout that happens on multiple joints at the same time. It is the opposite of monoarticular gout, which is gout happening at only one joint. Most gout cases—even yours, probably—as long as only one joint is affected per episode is technically monoarticular gout.

Polyarticular gout happens; I would imagine it to be really painful and disturbing, as one is too much to handle already. They also say that it can happen to first-timers, accounting for about fifteen percent of recorded cases.

You might also encounter the term being paired with words such as “acute” and “tophaceous.” For example, acute polyarticular gout or tophaceous polyarticular gout. Acute in medicine simply means happening only once or in a short term. It is the opposite of chronic which is long term or recurring. Tophaceous is how one would describe the occurrence or presence of tophi. We just previously defined tophus (singular of tophi), which is the deposit of uric acid crystals enough to form a nodule or bulge out of the skin.

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