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Pseudogout

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Pseudogout is the deposition of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in joints, which are positively birefringent. Patients complain of arthritis, typically in the knee, and are usually above 50 years of age.
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PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
> 50 Years Old
Greater Than old 50-cent

This disease is more common with age and is typically seen in individuals above the age of 50 years old.

Arthritis of Large Joints (Classically the Knee)
King-Arthur with Large Joints

Pseudogout can be monoarticular or polyarticular. It classically manifests as large joint pain, particularly affecting the knee.

Calcium Pyrophosphate Crystals
Calcium-cow shooting Pyro-phosphate-P Crystals

Calcium pyrophosphate crystals accumulate in joint causing arthritis. It is unknown how these crystals form.

DIAGNOSIS
Positively Birefringent
Positive Bi-refrigerators

These crystals are positively birefringent under polarized light. Thus, they appear blue when parallel to the light.

Chondrocalcinosis (On X-ray)
Condiment-calcium-cow

This refers to calcification of articular cartilage and can be seen on imaging.

TREATMENT
NSAIDs
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NSAIDs help relieve pain and inflammation in patients with pseudogout.

Colchicine
Cult-of-cheese

Colchicine can inhibit leukocyte chemotaxis and degranulation and thus reduce inflammation and associated pain.

Steroids
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Steroids can reduce inflammation and associated pain.

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