Gout tophi is well known among many gout sufferers. However, for those that are unaware of what gout tophi is, this article should help you to better understand it, the treatment for it and how to protect yourself and your loved ones should they begin to notice they have symptoms.
Gout tophi are lumps that are often noticed on the joint that is attacked by the gout. These lumps are the crystallized deposits of uric acid. The reason the tophi become noticeable in many gout sufferers is because the gout has gone untreated successfully for a substantial amount of time. The growing of the tophi can be stopped if the gout is successfully treated.
In general, gout tophi will begin to make itself noticeable in the big toe, elbows, fingers and, although very rare the heart and kidneys. These lumps can be either benign or not. However, if the tophi is not a benign one, you are running the risk of it bursting and possibly becoming septic to your body. Unfortunately, about 25% of overall gout sufferers also fall victim to tophi as well.
One of the treatments that are used for tophi is surgery. The surgery is designed to breakdown the deposits and remove them from the body. In the majority of cases where surgery is deemed beneficial, the tophi can be successfully removed without ill effects to the individual.
However, in some fairly rare circumstances it is possible that not all of the tophi is removed from the individual. In these cases, some people have been put on a medication to assist in breaking down the deposits or another surgery can be performed.
However, age, other medical conditions and severity of the tophi will be taken into consideration by the doctor before an additional surgery can be decided.
The amount of time that is required for treating gout tophi will vary depending on the location, amount and how well the body reacts to the treatments given.
For example, if the person seems to be responding to medications and dietary modifications fairly well, the doctor might decide it is best to maintain this type of regimen longer, possibly until the tophi is completely gone from the body. In many cases, it is thought that if the individual continues a therapy treatment of medication and dietary changes the risks of more tophi are drastically decreased.