Pseuogout is an acute inflammatory form of arthritis. It usually involves the large joints of the body. Pseudogout, like gout, involves deposits of crystals in and around the joints. Usually, only a single joint is involved. The disorder is seen most commonly with people over 60 years of age. It is usually varcharacterized by acute attacks.
Causes of Pseudogout
Psuedogout is due to the deposition of crystals formed of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) in the synovial (joint fluid). Why the crystals form is not known. Attacks may be precipitated by surgery, injuries or infections. The presence of osteoarthritis or hyperparathyroidism may increase the risk of developing this disorder.
Signs and Symptoms of Pseudogout
Symptoms of pseudogout include the rapid development of a red, painful, swollen joint. There may be a mild fever. The knee joint is most commonly affected (50% of the time), although the ankle, wrist and shoulder can also be involved. The attacks may last several days. Pain may completely resolve between attacks, or there may be persistent joint stiffness and pain.,
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