A client diagnosed with gout 10 years ago admits she has never treated her gout and hoped it would just go away. The nurse knows all of the following are potential complications from untreated gout EXCEPT

  • kidney stones.
  • nodules of uric acid under the skin.
  • deformed joints.
  • peripheral neuropathy.
Number 4 is correct.
Untreated gout is associated with health risks such as kidney stones, nodules of hardened uric acid under the skin, and deformed joints. Other complications include heart disease and bone damage. Neuropathy is nerve damage often associated with uncontrolled diabetes.