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Facts about Pseudogout

By on May 24, 2012 in Diseases, Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

What is pseudogout?

Pseudogout is a type of arthritis. Sometimes, it is called crystal deposition disease calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate. This condition causes painful swelling in one or more joints. It can cause joint damage if untreated.

Pseudogout is similar to a condition called gout. However, gout affects, generally, the articulation of the big toe. Generally, pseudogout affects larger joints such as knees. Furthermore, pseudogout is caused by the accumulation of crystals of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate of joints, while the drop is caused by an accumulation of uric acid.

What are the symptoms of pseudogout?

Pseudogout causes pain, swelling, stiffness and warmth in large joints. In most cases, it affects the knees, but can also affect the elbows, ankles, wrists, shoulders or hands. Pseudogout attacks can be sudden and the symptoms may last for days or weeks. Some people with pseudogout have no symptoms between attacks. In other cases, pseudogout can cause pain and constant discomfort. Such chronic (lasting) of pseudogout may seem similar to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

How is pseudogout treated?

Your doctor may suggest using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (called NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen for pain and swelling. For severe attacks, your doctor may prescribe an NSAID prescribed concentration, such as indomethacin. For people who can not take NSAIDs, they could use a prescription drug called colchicine to reduce pain and swelling.

People who have kidney problems or a history of stomach ulcers and people taking blood thinners can not take anti-inflammatory drugs. In these cases, your doctor may inject cortisone into the affected joint. Cortisone is a type of corticosteroid that reduces pain and swelling.

Your doctor may drain fluid from the joint to relieve symptoms. This method is called joint aspiration. Often used with injections of cortisone.

Your doctor may recommend limiting physical activity while you have symptoms of an attack of pseudogout. If the joints are badly damaged by pseudogout, you may need surgery to repair or replace.

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