August 1988

Tophaceous Deposition in the Finger Pads Without Gouty Arthritis

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Rheumatology, Beth Israel Hospital (Drs Shmerling and Kantrowitz), and the Department of Rheumatology, Brigham and Women's Hospital (Drs Gravallese and Stern), Boston. Dr Stern is currently at the University of Louisville (Ky).

Arch Intern Med. 1988;148(8):1830-1832. doi:10.1001/archinte.1988.00380080102027

• Tophi are rarely observed in patients without a prior history of gouty arthritis. We describe four patients whose initial manifestation of gout was tophaceous deposition in an unusual location, the finger pad. None of these patients had a history of acute gouty arthritis and none had tophi elsewhere. All four patients were postmenopausal women with decreased renal function; all were taking diuretics. We conclude that tophaceous gout without arthritis may be more common than previously recognized and that tophi may deposit in the finger pad. We recommend prompt aspiration and crystal analysis of white subcutaneous finger pad deposits in hyperuricemic patients even without a history of gouty arthritis.

(Arch Intern Med 1988;148:1830-1832)