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Does pseudogout usually cause many symptoms?

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Dr. William Lizarraga
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Yes, it can: Pseudogout can present like gout, with a red, hot, painful joint. It can also be subtle and have little or no pain at all. The symptoms can vary greatly, but will typically include pain, warmth, and swelling of a joint.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Similar to gout: Pseudogout involves deposition of calcium pyrophosphate crystals (instead of uric acid as in gout) in joints, most frequently knees and wrists. Presentation may be similar: joint pain, swelling, redness. In pts under 60y/o hyperparathyroidism or hemochromatosis should be ruled out. There is no definitive treatment, but corticosteroids injected into the affected joint may help.

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