Gout, particularly diuretics-induced, is one the increase in Finland

Scand J Rheumatol. 1977;6(4):213-6. doi: 10.3109/03009747709095452.

Abstract

Gout has been considered a rare disease in Finland. However, our hospital series of 77 patients from 1952 to 1976 shows a striking increase during the last 8 years. Over those 8 years the number of persons in the whole country receiving prescribed reimbursable medicines for gout and/or hyperuricaemia rose 10-fold, from 218 to 2188. Diuretics were implicated in one-fourth of our patients-all recent cases. Associated morbidity was high in both obese and non-obese patients. The clinical features and dietary habits of the patients are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Diuretics / adverse effects
  • Female
  • Finland
  • Fishes
  • Gout / chemically induced
  • Gout / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Meat / adverse effects
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Purines / administration & dosage

Substances

  • Diuretics
  • Purines