What is the similarity between gout and scleroderma?
A. They are of course very different diseases but they both have the tendency in a few patients to precipitate calcific deposits in the skin. About one fifth of patients with scleroderma will have calcification overlying pressure areas in the skin which are often painful and difficult to eradicate. In gout some patients with long standing disease will deposit urate in the skin over joints and again pressure areas. These may be removed by appropriate treatment of their gout.