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Definition of Gout, tophaceous

Gout, tophaceous: A form of chronic gout whereby nodular masses of uric acid crystals (tophi) are deposited in different soft tissue areas of the body. Even though tophi are most commonly found as hard nodules around the fingers, at the tips of the elbows, and around the big toe, tophi nodules can appear anywhere in the body. They have been reported in unexpected areas such as in the ears, vocal cords, or against the spinal cord!

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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