HERBERT J. VAN PEENEN, M.D.
To the editor: The data on hypouricemia presented by Drs. Ramsdell and Kelley in the February issue (1) is welcome and valid; however, their population was largely drawn from a Veteran's Administration Hospital and is not representative. The following data from a large community hospital amplifies theirs.
Data from SMA 12-601 analyses on 5000 patients were reviewed; 56% of them were women and all were admitted between 1 January and 1 April 1972. Thirty-six patients had a serum uric acid level of less than 2.0 mg/100 ml on one or more occasions. Only 4 of the 36 were male.
VAN PEENEN HJ. Causes of Hypouricemia. Ann Intern Med. ;78:977–978. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-6-977
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(6):977-978.
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