3. Diagnosis of Gout
Authors: Fernando Perez-Ruiz, Ana Maria Herrero-Beites
Publisher: Springer Healthcare Ltd.
A diagnosis of gout must be considered from different points of view, including epidemiologic, physiopathologic, and clinical. In addition, new imaging technologies have recently appeared as potential future diagnostic tools. Although several guidelines and recommendations have been published, neither the British Society for Rheumatology nor the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) guidelines have made any recommendations relating to gout diagnosis. So far, only the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) recommendations have taken diagnostic issues into consideration, and they state that monosodium urate crystal (MSUC) identification is the gold standard for diagnosis.