Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Date of Award

7-2019

Document Type

Project

Course Number

N6810

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Professor’s Name

John Chovan, PhD DNP RN APRN-CNP APRN-CNS

Keywords

Gout, Arthritis, Rheumatology, Uric Acid, Inflammation, Gouty

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing

Abstract

Gout is an arthritic condition that can lead to destruction of the affected joints. Often the main complaint is severe pain of the big toe but could affect other joints. Due to the frequency of this condition, the family nurse practitioner (FNP) could easily encounter it in family practice. What causes the joint destruction is the deposit monosodium urate crystals (MSU) along a joint due to hyperuricemia. Not only can gout cause permanent joint damage, it also increases the risk for kidney damage. Treatment will be aimed at managing acute attacks and lowering serum uric acid (SUA) levels. Controlling modifiable risk factors is critical to long-term management. Diet can significantly influence the development of hyperuricemia. Foods that contribute to increased SUA include alcohol and processed meats. This poster will inform the FNP of the pathophysiology of gouty arthritis, signs and symptoms, and implications for nursing care. A case study is included within the discussion to assist with real-world application.

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Nursing Commons

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