Identification of urate crystals in gouty individuals

Susan Limbrey, M Brickley, C Marques, David Swinson

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    In paleopathology cases of gout have traditionally been identified using the character of erosive bony lesions, but in clinical medicine identification of monosodium urate crystals in joint fluid plays a central role in diagnosis. Work undertaken on three skeletal individuals who had been buried, demonstrates that crystals can be identified using polarising microscopy. The crystals were identified as monosodium urate. Results from this study appear to demonstrate that identification of monosodium urate crystals could be used to assist in the diagnosis of gout in paleopathology. Further work is required to establish the full range of spatial and temporal contexts from which such crystals might be found. (C) 2010 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2497-2501
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011


    • Urate crystals
    • Paleopathology
    • Gout


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