Gout occurs when the concentration of uric acid in the blood rises, and leads to crystal formation that causes arthritis and gouty nodules in the tissues. Around 1.4% of the UK population have gout, and prevalence increases with age to around 3% in women and 7% in men aged over 75 years. It is an intensely painful condition.

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