Joints & Wrist Diseases Knee Diseases

Pseudogout Causes, Symptoms Treatment and Prevention

Similar Names

  • False gout
  • Calcium Pyrophosphate Dihydrate Deposition Disease,
  • CPPD, or  Pseudogout and Chondrocalcinosis Articularis

Affected Age Group

Adult Male- Female, Old Man, Old Women


Pseudogout most frequently affects the knee. Calcium Pyrophosphate Dihydrate Deposition (false gout) is a form of arthritis that results from deposits of calcium pyrophosphate crystals, hence its new name of calcium Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal deposition disease or CPPD. Pseudogout is also known as calcium pyrophosphate deposition (CPPD) disease. Pseudogout is caused by crystals in a joint.

The name pseudogout originates from the way that it takes after another intensely agonizing condition called gout.It can affect It occurs when crystals form in the synovial fluid, the fluid that lubricates the joints. This leads to inflammation and pain. However, Pseudogout has in some cases been alluded to as calcium pyrophosphate testimony ailment or CPPD.


Pseudogout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden joint pain and swelling, calcium pyrophosphate dehydrate crystals (CPPD). More causes listed below:

  • Injury or recent surgery
  • Precipitations of calcium pyrophosphate dehydrate crystals developing within a joint space.
  • Fasting or overeating
  • Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Taking medications that can increase blood levels of uric acid which can include diuretics and daily low dose aspirin.
  • Acute arthritis in one joint among older people.
  • Some time genetic condition.
  • Chemical changes within the body

Sign and Symptoms

General symptoms may include:

  • bouts of joint pain or Sudden, intense joint pain
  • swelling of the affected joint
  • fluid buildup around the joint
  • Red or purple skin around the joint
  • Severe tenderness around the joint
  • Occasionally fever – a raised temperature – causing sweating and a general feeling of being unwell.
  • chronic inflammation

Risk Factors

The risk of developing pseudogout increases with age. Risk factors for pseudogout include family history, trauma to the joint and older age. More risk factor includes:

  • Low magnesium levels
  • A history of pseudogout in your family
  • Too much iron in your blood
  • Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid
  • Hyperparathyroidism, or an overactive parathyroid gland
  • Excess iron in the blood
  • Too much calcium in the blood
  • Overactive parathyroid (called hyperparathyroidism)
  • Too much calcium in your blood (called hypercalcemia)
  • Osteoarthritis

Prevention / Do and Don’ts

There is no cure for pseudogout. A good management program can offer you relief from the pain. It also may improve joint function. Pseudogout self-settle (enhances its own) in time.

  • Prevention of Pseudogout is difficult or impossible, especially for high risk individuals
  • Modifications to lifestyle and proper dietary choices can influence the condition positively
  • Be proactive and deal with the hazard elements connected to Calcium Pyrophosphate Dihydrate Deposition, for example, hormonal and mineral uneven characters, thyroid conditions, and other such issue.
  • Any torment and irritation of the joints must be constantly treated, at an all around beginning time

Home Remedies or Treatments

Pseudogout cannot be completely cured. It is important to rest painful joints. Cold packs can help reduce the inflammation associated with flares or periods of intense inflammation.

  • Drugs (NSAIDs) are used to control pain. Over-the-counter NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve), often are helpful.
  • Cold packs can help reduce the inflammation associated with flare-ups.
  • In some cases, the accumulated joint fluids are removed by using a needle; thus relieving the pressure. After this, medications to numb pain and corticosteroids to reduce swelling, are injected into the joint.

Other information

Calcium Pyrophosphate Dihydrate Deposition is characterized by the formation of crystals at the joints; by salt called calcium pyrophosphate dehydrate. Calcium Pyrophosphate Dihydrate Deposition accurately describes acute attacks of CPPD-induced synovitis.
Pseudogout likewise is regularly found in individuals who have osteoarthritis. It is unusual for young people to develop pseudogout. If your joints become badly damaged by pseudogout, surgery may be necessary to repair or replace them. Most manifestations of pseudogout leave inside 5 days to half a month, even without treatment. You might be at higher danger of pseudogout on the off chance that you are more seasoned than 70 years old.