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Response to: ‘The reference levels of serum urate for clinically evident incident gout’ by Chen and Ding
  1. Nicola Dalbeth1,
  2. Amanda Phipps-Green2,
  3. Christopher Frampton3,
  4. Tuhina Neogi4,
  5. William J Taylor5,
  6. Tony R Merriman2
  1. 1Department of Medicine, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  2. 2Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  3. 3Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand
  4. 4Clinical Epidemiology Research and Training Unit, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  5. 5Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand
  1. Correspondence to Prof Nicola Dalbeth, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Grafton, Auckland 1023, New Zealand; n.dalbeth{at}

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We thank Drs Chen and Ding1 for their interest in our recent paper describing the relationship between serum urate concentrations and risk of developing incident gout.2 They suggest that we calculate benchmark dose estimates for serum urate and gout …

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