Master Pseudogout with Picmonic for Medicine

With Picmonic, facts become pictures. We've taken what the science shows - image mnemonics work - but we've boosted the effectiveness by building and associating memorable characters, interesting audio stories, and built-in quizzing.


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.
> 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.

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)

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


NSAIDs help relieve pain and inflammation in patients with pseudogout.


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


Steroids can reduce inflammation and associated pain.

Unlock all 8 facts & definitions with Picmonic Free!

Take the Pseudogout Quiz

Picmonic's rapid review multiple-choice quiz allows you to assess your knowledge.

It's worth every penny

Our Story Mnemonics Increase Mastery and Retention

Memorize facts with phonetic mnemonics

Unforgettable characters with concise but impactful videos (2-4 min each)

Ace Your Medicine (MD/DO) Classes & Exams with Picmonic:

Over 1,210,000 students use Picmonic’s picture mnemonics to improve knowledge, retention, and exam performance.

Choose the #1 Medicine (MD/DO) student study app.

Picmonic for Medicine (MD/DO) covers information that is relevant to your entire Medicine (MD/DO) education. Whether you’re studying for your classes or getting ready to conquer the USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CK, COMLEX Level 1, or COMLEX Level 2, we’re here to help.

Works better than traditional Medicine (MD/DO) flashcards.

Research shows that students who use Picmonic see a 331% improvement in memory retention and a 50% improvement in test scores.