Pseudogout affects the elderly, both men and women.
Acute gout is very similar to pseudogout, and they may co-exist. However, pseudogout is more likely to affect the knee, wrist, shoulder or ankle. It is the most common cause of acute arthritis in the elderly. There is usually no provoking cause, but it may occur after general illness or minor trauma. The crystals in the joint fluid are of calcium pyrophosphate, rather than urate.
The XRay in pseudogout may show osteoarthritis, and calcium within the cartilages, especially of the knee, the wrist, or the pelvis.


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