Gout is more common in men than in women. It is most common in men over age 30. In women, it is rare for gout to occur until after menopause.1
Gout often runs in families. It is especially common in people from the Pacific islands.1
Children are rarely diagnosed with gout. If a child does develop gout, the doctor will check to see whether the child has a problem present since birth (congenital) that is affecting metabolism.
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By Healthwise Staff Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical Reviewer Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology Last Revised June 12, 2012