J Korean Orthop Assoc.  1987 Aug;22(4):974-979. 10.4055/jkoa.1987.22.4.974.

A Case Report of Surgical Treatment in Mulitple Tophaceous Gout


The gout is a hereditary condition of disturbed uric acid metabolism. There are medical and surgical management in tophaceous gout for prevention of recurrence of acute attack and creation of a negative uric acid balance. The surgical management is removal of tophaceous material in the soft tissue and osseous structure. Aditionally, the resection of bone and joint, arthrodesis and bone graft improve the functional capacity of the gouty patients. A 53 years old man was managed by removal of tophaceous materials in both prepatellar area, left olecranon area and both feet and arthrodesis of left first metatarsophalangeal joint with autogenous iliac bone graft and supportive medication with probenecid and indomethacine, and was followed up from March, 1986 to April, 1987. There was no significant difference in duration between the union of nonpathologic fracture and the union of arthrodesis area in this gouty patient. We found the progressive recovery of normal trabeculation in previous destructive bone lesions with drug therapy, but there was no specific change in the soft tissue lesions.


Gout; Tophi; Surgery
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