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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 117-120

Evaluation and assessment of the symptomatic uricaemia in vegetarian population

Department of Orthopaedics, MLN Medical College Allahabad, India

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D C Srivastava
Department of Orthopaedics, MLN Medical College Allahabad
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Background: Hyperuricaemia has been reported to be in normal healthy population. Method: Serum uric acid was estimated in 542 vegetarian healthy persons complaining of pain in the joint and in different musculoskeletal problems. Results: Four hundred cases (73.80 %) were having uric acid level above 5 mg %. The mean uric acid level was found to be 6.16% + 3.08 percent. Increased uric acid level was not found to be associated with the age. Conclusion: The rise in the uric acid does not merely indicate gout but derails the normal physiology in some musculoskeletal sites and produces symptoms. Its association with hypertriglyceridaemia and hypertension is also alarming .It is found also closely related to the high alcohol intake, diuretic drugs, hypothyroidism and obesity. Hyperuricaemia is more than what is as usually believed and needs investigation. The possible cause of the hyperuricaemia in normal healthy individuals is discussed.

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