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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Pseudogout (Overview)

A condition that mimics an inflammatory arthritis similar to that caused by gout. Gout is caused by the deposition of uric acid crystals and tissues and joints. In contrast, pseudogout is caused by the deposition of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in joints and tissues. Both conditions may cause pain, redness, and decreased range of motion of the affected joints such as ankle or toe.


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Does pseudogout usually cause many symptoms?

Does pseudogout usually cause many symptoms?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
29 doctors shared insights

Pseudogout (Overview)

A condition that mimics an inflammatory arthritis similar to that caused by gout. Gout is caused by the deposition of uric acid crystals and tissues and joints. In contrast, pseudogout is caused by the deposition of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in joints and tissues. Both conditions may cause pain, redness, and decreased range of motion of the affected joints such as ankle or toe.


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What are the symptoms associated with pseudogout?

What are the symptoms associated with pseudogout?

Pain: With a flair up, pain, redness, swelling, and increased warmth of the involved joint. ...Read more

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What are the tests for pseudogout?

What are the tests for pseudogout?

Look for crystal in: Analysis of joint fluid. Your doctor inserts a needle into your joint to extract a small sample of joint fluid for analysis with a microscope. He or she looks for cppd crystals in the fluid. X-rays. X-rays of your knee can reveal other conditions caused by cppd crystals, such as crystal deposits in the joint cartilage (chondrocalcinosis) and joint damage. ...Read more

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How to treat pseudogout?

How to treat pseudogout?

One or two.: Unless you have primary hyperparathyroidism, which need be checked , and a low 25-oh vit d, then vitamin d3 and adequate calcium will help. Pth drives calcium into cartilage and a factor in the dx. The only other dietary issue: iron overload, hemochromatosis, must be exclude. Nsaids with low dose Colchicine will help. But treat the underlying problem, if they can be found. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and treatment for pseudogout? My orthopedist thinks I have it in my elbow which is severely painful to bend and straighten.

What are the symptoms and treatment for pseudogout? My orthopedist thinks I have it in my elbow which is severely painful to bend and straighten.

Unlikely: Peeudohout virtually never involves the elbow. See a rheumatologist. Aspiration of the joint and examination of the fluid is the only certain way to diagnose pseudogout. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for pseudogout?

Injection, colchicin: Colchicine is a specific anti-inflammatory drug that can help in attacks of gout and pseudogout. Nsaids can also help. Depending on severity, aspiration of fluid from the joint and injection of a steroid can provide fairly quick relief. ...Read more

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How come I have pseudogout, but nobody else in the family has it?

Not all genetic: Pseudogout can be present for a lot of reasons besides genetic. Pseudogout is an inflamamtory arthritis caused by the deposit of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals. This can occur with age, with thyroid disease, with increased production of the parathyroid hormone - ie hyperparathyroidism, but most is unknown. These crystal accumulate in the joint and cause inflammation. ...Read more

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How can I prevent a pseudogout attack?

How can I prevent a pseudogout attack?

Pseudogout, likeā€¦: Gout is crystal deposition disease, usually in knee. Preventive rx is Colchicine (has many side effects that need to be discussed with fp/rheumatologist). Disease can be associated with hemochromatosis, hyperpara-thyroidism, hypophosphatasia, hypomag-nesemia, gitelman's syndrome; so managing these conditions may help prevent pseudogout attacks. ...Read more

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Should a person with pseudogout avoid taking calcium supplements?

Should a person with pseudogout avoid taking calcium supplements?

No, calcium is a hea: No, calcium is a health decision. Pseudogout is associated with increased deposition of calcium pyrophosphate dehydrate deposition in your cartilage, soft tissues, etc. If your body need calcium and you are not ingesting enough, your body will take it from your bones. Calcium suppleemts is not known to provoke pseudogout. ...Read more

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How can I deal with pseudogout?

Depends: Some of it depends on location. Early and easy treatment can consist of ice, rest, and anti-inflammatory medications (motrin, alive, etc.). If the pain persists, see an orthopedic surgeon for a more detailed exam and possibly other treatments (steroid injections, surgery, etc.). ...Read more

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What are the tests for pseudogout?

Look for crystal in: Analysis of joint fluid. Your doctor inserts a needle into your joint to extract a small sample of joint fluid for analysis with a microscope. He or she looks for cppd crystals in the fluid. X-rays. X-rays of your knee can reveal other conditions caused by cppd crystals, such as crystal deposits in the joint cartilage (chondrocalcinosis) and joint damage. ...Read more

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What do pseudogout symptoms indicate?

What do pseudogout symptoms indicate?

Various ways: There are several different presentations of pseudogout. The one most are familiar with is rapid onset of 1-2 red, hot, swollen and painful joints, typically in the knees or wrists. It can also present like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthrosis, or sepsis. ...Read more

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Does pseudogout usually cause many symptoms?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with pseudogout?

Pain: With a flair up, pain, redness, swelling, and increased warmth of the involved joint. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting pseudogout?

In some cases: Pseudogout refers to a type of arthritis that causes sudden episodes of joint pain and swelling. It is due to the accumulation of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in joints and surrounding tissues. People can inherit a predisposition to pyrophosphate accumulation and are at higher risk for disease. Other risk factors include age, iron storage problems and parathyroid gland diease. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Pseudogout?

Pseudogout: Pseudogout mimics an inflammatory arthritis similar to that caused by gout. Gout is caused by the deposition of uric acid crystals and tissues and joints. In contrast, pseudogout is caused by the deposition of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in joints and tissues. Both conditions may cause pain, redness, and decreased range of motion of the affected joints such as ankle or toe. ...Read more

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Does anyone have any home remedies to help with pseudogout?

One or two.: Unless you have primary hyperparathyroidism, which need be checked , and a low 25-oh vit d, then vitamin d3 and adequate calcium will help. Pth drives calcium into cartilage and a factor in the dx. The only other dietary issue: iron overload, hemochromatosis, must be exclude. ...Read more

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How come I have pseudogout, but nobody else in the family has it?

Not all genetic: Pseudogout can be present for a lot of reasons besides genetic. Pseudogout is an inflamamtory arthritis caused by the deposit of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals. This can occur with age, with thyroid disease, with increased production of the parathyroid hormone - ie hyperparathyroidism, but most is unknown. These crystal accumulate in the joint and cause inflammation. ...Read more

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How to treat pseudogout?

One or two.: Unless you have primary hyperparathyroidism, which need be checked , and a low 25-oh vit d, then vitamin d3 and adequate calcium will help. Pth drives calcium into cartilage and a factor in the dx. The only other dietary issue: iron overload, hemochromatosis, must be exclude. Nsaids with low dose Colchicine will help. But treat the underlying problem, if they can be found. ...Read more