Objective: To determine frequency and prevalence of finger pad tophaceous deposits in patients with chronic tophaceous gout.
Methods: We examined 36 consecutive patients with chronic tophaceous gout for intracutaneous tophaceous urate deposits in the fingers pads. Subjects were patients of outpatient clinics at 2 large university hospitals, Emory and the University of Pennsylvania Affiliated Hospital Systems.
Results: Finger pad tophaceous deposits were found in 30.5%, which was surprising, given how few cases are reported.
Conclusion: Finger pad tophi may be more common than generally believed.