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Pseudogout Overview

What is pseudogout?
A person with pseudogout has episodes of inflammation of large joints, which result in joint pain and swelling. Pseudogout is caused by the build-up of calcium crystals in a joint. Gout is a similar illness, but it is caused by a build-up of uric acid crystals in a joints. Most cases of pseudogout occur after the age of 50.

What are the symptoms of pseudogout?
The most common symptom of pseudogout includes sudden attacks of joint pain that become worse with movement of the joint. Additional symptoms of pseudogout include joint redness, swelling and tenderness.

How does the doctor treat pseudogout?
Treatment for pseudogout may include rest, elevation of the joint, a cane or walker, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, oral corticosteroid medications, or injections of corticosteroid medication into the joint.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Pseudogout References
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