Fast Five Quiz: Mimics of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Herbert S. Diamond, MD


July 28, 2022

The early history of intermittent monoarthritis and the presence of synovial urate crystals are distinctive features of gout. During the early years of disease, gouty arthritis is almost always intermittent and monoarticular; however, in later years, it can become a chronic polyarticular process that mimics RA. RA is more common among women than men, whereas gout is more common among men than women. Gouty tophi can resemble rheumatoid nodules.

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