Tophaceous deposition in the finger pads without gouty arthritis
Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
Medical Subject Headings
Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Arthritis; Female; Fingers; Gout; Humans
Musculoskeletal Diseases | Rheumatology | Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases
Tophi are rarely observed in patients without a prior history of gouty arthritis. We describe four patients whose initial manifestation of gout was tophaceous deposition in an unusual location, the finger pad. None of these patients had a history of acute gouty arthritis and none had tophi elsewhere. All four patients were postmenopausal women with decreased renal function; all were taking diuretics. We conclude that tophaceous gout without arthritis may be more common than previously recognized and that tophi may deposit in the finger pad. We recommend prompt aspiration and crystal analysis of white subcutaneous finger pad deposits in hyperuricemic patients even without a history of gouty arthritis.
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Citation: Arch Intern Med. 1988 Aug;148(8):1830-2. doi:10.1001/archinte.1988.00380080102027
Shmerling, Robert H.; Stern, Steven H.; Gravallese, Ellen M.; and Kantrowitz, Fred G., "Tophaceous deposition in the finger pads without gouty arthritis" (1988). Rheumatology Publications and Presentations. 8.