What is intercritical gout?

William J. Martin, MD
Intercritical gout -- the second stage of gout -- is when most untreated people experience a second episode within two years of the first. Around 62% of people have a flare within one year, 78% within two years, and 93% within 10 years. Typically, doctors begin treatment to lower uric acid levels when a person has had at least two flares in one year.

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