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Re: Sue, gout and metabolism
> > Rothschild, B.M., Tanke, D., & Carpenter, K. (1997). Tyrannosaurs
> > suffered from gout. Nature, 387, 357.
> Maybe, but I suspect the actual cause was renal failure due to the
> many pathologies Sue has on the humerus, skull, and fibula. Sue was
> not a healthy individual at the time of her death. As was pointed
> out in the article, other non-mammalian occurances of gout are
> known. What was not stated was that these cases are often linked to
> unhealthy kidneys. Therefore, nothing about the metabolism of Sue's
> prey can be inferred from the presence of gout.
> Kenneth Carpenter
Gout is not a routine complication of kidney failure in mammals.
However, birds and reptiles excrete nitrogen as uric acid which is
the crystal responsible for gout. Is gout a complication of renal
failure in birds and reptiles?