In addition to checking for uric acid crystals, doctors will measure the levels of this acid in the body. Gout causes an overproduction of uric acid. This condition is known as hyperuricemia. Although it is one of the best-known signs of gout, it also might have other causes. Therefore, even though most sufferers from gout also have hyperuricemia at some point in their illness, the fact that someone has hyperuricemia does not mean they have or will definitely develop it.
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