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What are tophi?

William J. Martin, MD
Rheumatology
If gout is left untreated, tophi (masses of solid uric acid) begin to form in the affected areas. From the initial attack, it can take three to 42 years for a visible tophus to appear. The average is about 11.6 years. The rate of formation depends primarily on the concentration of uric acid.

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