Doc Talk: What is gout?


It’s time for another virtual trip to the doctor’s office. And this time we’re getting the answer to a question I’ve had for a while now. I’ve heard people mention trouble with “gout” before but never really knew what it was and how a person might get it.

So we asked Dr. Chap Sampson of Mercy to give us a basic gout education. What is it and who usually gets it? Do only older people develop gout? If you or your husband develop gout, how can it be treated?

Also, ask your parents and grandparents if they’ve ever had gout because Dr. Sampson says there may be a genetic predisposition.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Chap Sampson, call the Mercy Rheumatology Clinic at 479-338-3720 at the Physician’s Plaza on the Mercy campus in Rogers (just off Interstate 540).

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