Pseudogout (cont.)

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What are treatments for pseudogout?

The treatment of pseudogout is directed toward stopping the inflammation in the joints. Local ice applications and resting can help. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil) and others are often first drugs of choice.

Removing fluid containing the crystals from the joint can reduce pain and help the inflammation to diminish more quickly. Cortisone injected into an inflamed joint will also help decrease the inflammation. Colchicine (Colcrys) is a medication used to decrease inflammation in patients with gout and may also be helpful in pseudogout.

Long-term prevention of recurrent pseudogout is often best achieved with small daily doses of colchicine and optimal hydration.

What other conditions can accompany pseudogout?

Pseudogout can occur along with aging, be inherited, or be associated with hemophilia, hemochromatosis, ochronosis, amyloidosis, or hormonal disorders (such as hyperparathyroidism and hypothyroidism). These illnesses are considered in the initial evaluation of a patient with pseudogout.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/14/2012

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