Table 1

Patient and tophus characteristics at the time of surgerya

Patient characteristics (n = 8)

No. (%) male

7 (88)

Age, median (range) years

46 (31 to 67)

Duration of gout, median (range) years

12 (4 to 30)

No. (%) prescribed allopurinol

6 (75)

No. (%) prescribed colchicine

7 (87.5)

No. (%) prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

2 (25)

Serum urate, median (range) mg/dl

6.6 (5 to 9.8)

CRP, median (range) mg/dl

0.84 (0.2 to 4.3)

Tophus characteristics (n = 14)

Duration of tophus, median (range) years

5 (1.5 to 7)

Location of tophus

First MTP joint, No. (%)

7 (50)

Ankle joint, No. (%)

4 (29)

Elbow joint, No. (%)

2 (14)

Hand PIP joint, No. (%)

1 (7)

Indication for surgery

Mechanical problem, No. (%)

10 (71)

Pain control, No. (%)

4 (28)

Sepsis control (infected/ulcerated tophi), No. (%)

0 (0)


CRP, C-reactive protein; MTP, metatarsophalangeal; No., number; PIP, proximal interphalangeal. aData are presented as medians and ranges or percentages.

Lee et al. Arthritis Research & Therapy 2011 13:R164   doi:10.1186/ar3483

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