What is pseudogout?
Pseudogout, also called calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease or CPPD, is another type of inflammatory arthritis. It produces sudden episodes of intense pain and swelling to one or more joints which may last days to weeks at a time. Pseudogout is similar to gout as it involves crystals settling into the affected joint and surrounding tissues. The difference between the two is the type of crystal in pseudogout is calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals and not the traditional urate crystals found in gout.
Who can develop pseudogout?
Pseudogout appears to be more prominent in older populations. 50% of those with pseudogout are over the age of 85. This is due to the calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals increasing with age.
Where does pseudogout occur?
The knees are usually the joints that are affected by a pseudogout attack. However, there are cases where other areas are affected by this inflammatory condition. They include: