How Long For Uric Acid Crystals?
January 16, 2007 in Gout
Time To Dissolve Uric Acid Crystals Depends On Gout Duration
I've explained about crystals on my uric acid crystal page. A new study looks at the time it takes to dissolve uric acid crystals. The report in the latest issue of the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases concludes that there is a direct relationship between the length of time a patient has suffered gout, and the time taken to dissolve uric acid crystals.
Pascual and Sivera's report, The time required for disappearance of urate crystals from synovial fluid after successful hypouricemic treatment relates to the duration of gout, looks at 18 confirmed gout patients.
All the gout patients were undergoing treatment to lower uric acid. All had fluid drawn from a joint (11 knee joints, 7 toe joints) every 3 months. Results showed that the number of uric acid crystals found in the joint fell significantly during the first 3 months. Patients with short term gout had all crystals dissolved in the first three months. For others, the decrease in crystals continued. All patients had all crystals dissolved after a maximum of 33 months. The length of time for crystals to dissolve correlated with the duration of gout.
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