oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Gout: an experience from Zimbabwe

Volume 39, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Twenty three patients with gout treated and followed up in Zimbabwe over a five year period were analysed. Men were afflicted 6,7 times more than women. Their mean age at diagnosis was 44 ± 8 years and the mean serum uric acid level was 588 ± 138 µmol/l. The disease was diagnosed late with 30,4 pc of all patients presenting with tophi. Associated alcohol excess was universal and the shoulder, a proximal big joint, was also affected in 21,7 pc of all patients. There is a need for serum uric acid levels for the different localities in Africa to be mapped out and alcohol excess to be curtailed.

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