Colchicine may be beneficial for more than gout treatment
Summaries for Patients is a service provided by the Annals of Internal Medicine intended to summarize medical findings and reports for patients. Most medical research reports are catered to professional audiences and by the time the results make it to news headlines or the internet, the results may be misquoted, misinterpreted or presented out of context.
Summaries for Patients simplifies research and provides the current understanding of a medical condition, gaps in knowledge, and the questions researchers are trying to explore. Importantly, the summaries provide a rundown of if and why the research matters to you as a patient.
One of the summaries discusses the potential use of Colchicine to treat pericarditis (inflammation of the ‘sac’ that covers the heart). Colchicine is currently used to treat gout, a type of arthritis. To read the full summary, click here.