clinical features

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Various forms exist:

  • asymptomatic - a finding on radiology

  • pseudogout:
    • usually presents as an acute synovitis often affecting the knee
    • radiology shows calcification of articular cartilage and, if the knee is involved, of the menisci
    • CPPD crystals are demonstrable in aspirated synovial fluid

  • polyarticular attacks - multiple joint involvment; subacute attacks

  • chronic destructive arthropathy - Charcot's joints

  • chronic arthropathy: similar to osteoarthritis

  • polymyalgic form

Last reviewed 01/2018