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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 609-611

Multiarticular tophaceous gout with severe joint destruction: A pictorial overview with a twist

1 In Skin Clinic, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
2 Nirvana Skin Clinic, Kidney Hospital, Akota, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
3 Toprani Laboratory, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
4 Bhailal Amin General Hospital, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

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Dr. Shyam Verma
'In Skin' Clinic, Productivity Road, Vadodara - 390 015, Gujarat
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.143538

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Tophi are the visible dermatological signs of gout. A case of tophaceous gout in a middle-aged man with no other metabolic derangement is being presented with multiple tophi on the hands and feet overlying joints as well as on the fingers and toes. We thought it to be of educational value to demonstrate needle-like crystals of urate by polarizing microscopy. X-rays of hands and feet showed dramatic destructive changes. The patient presented with mottled hypopigmentation on anterior and posterior knees and dorsa of hands and feet where he applied hot "aankda" leaves and covered them with bandage resulting in irritant dermatitis with postinflammatory hypopigmentation. This proved to be a red herring in this case.

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