Sleep disorder linked to gout

Consider the condition in patients with sleep apnoea regardless of BMI

A general practice study of nearly 16,000 patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) shows they are twice as likely as people without apnoea to develop gout.

UK researchers drew on a nationally representative database to identify patients diagnosed with OSA between 1990 and 2010, and matched them with 63,000 controls based on age, gender and the GP clinic they frequented.

Over the follow-up period of six years, 4.8% of apnoea patients and 2.6% of patients without apnoea developed gout, a twofold difference in incidence, the researchers reported.