Gouty arthropathy is a medical term that defines a type of joint disease caused by the formation of uric acid crystals in a joint space. Arthropathy is the definition of any type of joint disease. Gout, caused by the accumulation of uric acid in the joints, may cause a number of symptoms that worsen if left untreated. The combination of gout and the affects it has on joint function may cause deformity, pain, difficulty moving or using the joint and all-around discomfort.
Your doctor may be able to diagnose gout by a physical and visual examination. However, he may also use other diagnostics such as:
The first step toward treating gouty arthropathy is to limit flare-ups, followed by steps to take long-term measures to reduce or prevent future attacks or development of crystallized deposits.
In the event non-surgical approaches to treat gouty arthropathy fail to produce desired results for regaining function and mobility in a joint, your doctor may suggest surgery to repair or replace joints damaged by gouty arthropathy. Surgery may help correct deformities and restore joint junction.