"Clinical features of women with gout arthritis." A systematic review

Clin Rheumatol. 2010 Jun;29(6):575-82. doi: 10.1007/s10067-009-1362-1. Epub 2010 Jan 19.


Clinically, gout is generally considered as a preferential male disease. However, it definitely does not occur exclusively in males. Our aim was to assess differences in the clinical features of gout arthritis between female and male patients. Five electronic databases were searched to identify relevant original studies published between 1977 and 2007. The included studies had to focus on adult patients with primary gout arthritis and on sex differences in clinical features. Two reviewers independently assessed eligibility and quality of the studies. Out of 355 articles, 14 were selected. Nine fulfilled the quality and score criteria. We identified the following sex differences in the clinical features of gout in women compared to men: the onset of gout occurs at a higher age, more comorbidity with hypertension or renal insufficiency, more often use of diuretics, less likely to drink alcohol, less often podagra but more often involvement of other joints, less frequent recurrent attacks. We found interesting sex differences regarding the clinical features of patients with gout arthritis. To diagnose gout in women, knowledge of these differences is essential, and more research is needed to understand and explain the differences , especially in the general population.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arthritis, Gouty / diagnosis*
  • Arthritis, Gouty / physiopathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sex Characteristics
  • Sex Factors