Gout and Pseudogout: What is the Difference?Ever wonder what is the difference between gout and pseudogout?   Here are some key differences in identifying gout and pseudogout and it’s treatment.

 

The Difference between Gout and Pseudogout

 

Pseudogout is a not so well known disease which shows the similar symptoms or effects as gout. Just like gout, it is also a form of arthritis that attacks suddenly and gives a painful swelling inflammation in one or more of your joints.

 

Gout is the result of too much uric acid in the body that causes crystallization that forms a type of fine crystals which is scientifically known as monosodium urate. On the other hand pseudogout is caused by the deposition of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in the synovial fluid of joints. Pseudogout is often referred to as Calcium Pyprophosphate Deposition Disease, CPPD.”

 

Are there any Differences between the treatment for Gout and Pseudogout?

 

“Treatments for pseudogout are same as the treatments for gout. This is because both cases have the same immune reactions that cause inflammation and pain regardless of what type of crystal that triggers it. Thus, colchicines and NSAIDs (ibuprofen) are applicable to pseudogout patients. The only exception is allopurinol which controls the uric acid level in the blood, it will be useless in the case of CPPD.” (Read more)

 

“There are other key differences between gout and pseudogout that allow a physician to accurately diagnose, and thus accurately treat, either condition.” (Read more)

 

 

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