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How does gout cause chronic kidney disease?

William J. Martin, MD
Rheumatology
Hyperuricemia (high uric acid) is a cause of chronic kidney disease in men whose uric acid levels are over 13 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) and in women whose levels exceed 10 mg/dL. Some evidence suggests that uric acid damages the kidneys, which also causes hypertension (high blood pressure).

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