II. Epidemiology

  1. Autosomal Dominant inheritance and sporadic cases

III. Associated Conditions

IV. Signs: Pseudogout (25% of CPPD Deposition Disease)

  1. Acute self-limited joint inflammation
  2. Duration of Pseudogout attack: days to weeks
  3. Asymptomatic between episodes
  4. Distribution (may involve any joint)
    1. Knees (50%)
    2. First metatarsophalangeal Joint (similar to gout)
  5. Pseudogout precipitating factors
    1. Spontaneous attacks
    2. Trauma
    3. Surgery
    4. Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
    5. Myocardial Infarction
  6. Systemic signs
    1. Fever up to 103 F

V. Signs: Pseudo-Rheumatoid (5% of CPPD Deposition Disease)

  1. Symmetric Polyarthritis with low grade inflammation
    1. Synovial thickening
    2. Flexion contractures
  2. Morning Stiffness
  3. Fatigue

VI. Signs: Pseudo-Osteoarthritis (50% of CPPD)

  1. Progressive joint degeneration
  2. Symmetric Distribution
    1. Knees (most commonly affected)
    2. Wrists
    3. Metacarpophalangeal joints
    4. Hips
    5. Shoulders
    6. Elbows
    7. Ankles
  3. Differs from Osteoarthritis
    1. No predilection for PIP, DIP, or MCP joints
  4. Flexion Contractures
  5. Valgus Knee deformity

VII. Labs

  1. Arthrocentesis for Synovial Fluid exam
    1. CPPD crystals on Polarized Microscopy
  2. General studies for CPPD Deposition Disease
    1. Serum Calcium
    2. Serum Magnesium
    3. Serum Phosphorus
    4. Alkaline Phosphatase
    5. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
    6. Serum Ferritin
  3. Pseudogout attack
    1. Complete Blood Count
      1. Leukocytosis up to 15,000 per mm3
    2. Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) increased
  4. Pseudo-Rheumatoid
    1. Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) elevated
    2. Rheumatoid Factor may be positive at low titer

VIII. Radiology: Joint XRay

  1. Screening XRays for CPPD Deposition
    1. Bilateral AP Knee XRay
    2. AP Pelvis XRay
      1. Symphysis Pubis
      2. Hips
    3. Bilateral PA Hand and Wrist XRay
  2. Articular hyaline cartilage changes
    1. Punctate densities
    2. Linear densities

IX. Management

  1. Large joint acute attack
    1. Joint aspiration (Arthrocentesis)
    2. Joint aspiration and joint Corticosteroid Injection
  2. Analgesia
    1. NSAIDs
    2. Colchicine (Intravenous is more effective than oral)

X. References

  1. Klippel (1997) Primer Rheumatic Diseases, p.226-9

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Ontology: Pseudogout (C0033802)

Definition (NCI) An acute episode of pain, swelling, and redness, sometimes associated with fever. It is caused by the deposition of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in the joints.
Definition (CSP) presence of calcium salts, especially calcium pyrophosphate, in the cartilaginous structures of one or more joints, accompanied by attacks of goutlike symptoms.
Concepts Disease or Syndrome (T047)
MSH D002805
SnomedCT 201624004, 268142006, 156881000, 60782007, 239834007
English Pseudogout, PSEUDOGOUT, pseudogout (diagnosis), pseudogout, pseudo-gout, pseudo gout, Pseudogout (disorder), Pseudogout, NOS
Dutch pseudo-jicht, Pseudo-jicht
German Kalkgicht, Pseudogicht
Spanish Pseudogota, Seudogota, pseudogota (trastorno), pseudogota, seudogota
Japanese 偽痛風, ギツウフウ
French Pseudogoutte, Pseudo-goutte
Czech Pseudodna, pseudodna
Hungarian Álköszvény
Norwegian Pseudogikt, Falsk gikt
Portuguese Pseudogota
Italian Pseudogotta