Hypertension and nephrology

[About the care of patients with hyperuricaemia and gout]

JUNE 22, 2020

Hypertension and nephrology - 2020;24(02 klsz)

This consensus document is intended to provide guidance for the effective and efficient treatment of asymptomatic individuals with high uric acid levels and gout patients.

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