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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is gout / pseudogout?

Gout and pseudogout are a group of diseases which are caused by the inflammation and accumulation of crystals in the joints. Gout is caused by accumulation of uric acid crystals, and pseudogout by calcium pyrophosphatecrystals. They are characterized by sudden painful swelling in one or more joints. Gout attacks may be caused by eating foods rich in purines such as seafood, alcohol and red meat, while pseudogout could be due to joint injury, surgery or immune problems.

Symptoms of gout / pseudogout

  • Toe pain

  • Joints are red, swollen or hot

  • Redness in the affected area

  • Hands and feet feel hot

  • Joints feel warm

  • History of high uric acid in blood test

  • History of gout

  • Joint pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for gout / pseudogout

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose gout / pseudogout

  • Do you have pain in the toe(s)?

  • Do you have joint redness, swelling or warmth?

  • Is the affected area red?

  • Do your hands or feet feel hot?

  • Are your joints hot to touch?

Treatment for gout / pseudogout

Treatment differs between gout and pseudogout. For gout, doctors may recommend medication that decreases uric acid levels and dietary changes. In both diseases, anti-inflammatory oral and injected medications may be useful.

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

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