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Gouty tophi may produce bony erosions and cystic changes of the adjacent bone resulting in chronically deforming arthritis. Large deposits of urate crystals are also seen in adjacent bursae, tendons, ligaments, and subcutaneous layers of the skin.
Some patients, however--10% to 20%--may go on to have a chronic, deforming arthritis. (3)
She noted that "95% of these patients have joint involvement, and 17% have five or more deformed joints." Between 40% and 57% have deforming arthritis, and 20%-40% have spinal involvement.
Rheumatoid factor is positive in 10% of cases and most importantly identifies the subset with more severe disease that is likely to develop an erosive deforming arthritis.