How common is gout?

Gout is more common in men than in women. It is most common in men over age 30.1 In women, it is rare for gout to occur until after menopause.2

Gout often runs in families. It is especially common in Filipinos and Pacific Islanders.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.


  1. Hellman DB, Stone JH (2005). Arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders. In LM Tierney Jr et al., eds., Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment, 44th ed., pp. 781–789. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  2. Terkeltaub R (2008). Gout and hyperuricemia section of Crystal deposition diseases. In L Goldman, D Ausiello, eds., Cecil Medicine, 23rd ed., pp. 2069–2075. Philadelphia: Saunders.

Last Updated: July 11, 2008

Author: Shannon Erstad, MBA/MPH

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology

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