5 Facts of Pseudogout Arthritis Symptoms Not Related to Gout
A common stereotype of come and go joint pain, redness and swelling is that it is cause by gout. In fact, there is another type of arthritis that mimic gout symptoms but it is not related to high level of uric acid, so-called pseudogout. This disease is as common as gout in elderly, misdiagnosis may lead to the improper treatment and unexpected complications. Things you should learn about pseudogout for proper management.
Uric Acid does not cause pseudogout.
Pseudogout is a type of arthritis caused by the buildup of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in a joint and results in sudden joint inflammation. Gout, however, is caused by urate crystals accumulation in your joint, which is the result of high level of uric acid in bloodstream for a long time.
Showing similar symptoms to gout.
Pseudogout may cause confusion and diagnosis difficulty as it mimics several symptoms of gout. Though, its presentations may be varied.
- Acute joint inflammation, redness, swelling as gout, may occur around fingers, wrist, knee, ankle, and toe.
- Chronic joint inflammation similar to rheumatoid arthritis especially around wrist and fingers.
- Chronic joint inflammation that causes damage to joint deformities like osteoarthritis.
- Some patients may not experience any joint pain or inflammation; hence; pseudogout can be detected through X-Ray imaging.
- Everyone can develop pseudogout, though, the most significant risk factor rising is age related.
Pseudogout can occur in men and women and mostly found in elderlies especially at 60 years old and above. It can be found in the younger generation who has hormone and metabolism abnormality as well.
Arthrocentesis for diagnosing pseudogout.
To confirm pseudogout, the doctor needs to aspirate fluid from the inflamed joint through a needle. In some cases that the inflammation is not located at a certain spot to collect fluid sample, or the patient comes to see the doctor when the inflammation is gone, the doctor may make the diagnosis through the physical examination and X-ray. Additional blood tests may be needed to differentiate pseudogout from other diseases.
There is no cure for pseudogout, but medical assistance could relieve the condition.
Joint inflammation can be treated with medication which includes oral or intravenous medicines. Patients with a serious or chronic condition may be given a long-term treatment plan which varies depending on the patient’s condition. [doctor_blog doctor_code=”92605″]