Gout & Stress Review

Abstract for Gout and Stress:

The presence of a specific biochemical vulnerability to gout, the apparent association of certain personality characteristics with hyperuricemia, and the possible influence of stressful, psychosocial events on serum uric acid level make gout a potentially fertile area for psychosomatic research.

This paper will critically review the literature relevant to such findings and offer possible models of the role of psychologic and social phenomena in the etiology, pathogenesis and course of gout.