Medical Definition of Pyrophosphate arthropathy

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Pyrophosphate arthropathy: Joint damage due to deposition of calcium pyrophosphate. Pyrophosphate arthropathy most commonly affects the knees, wrists and knuckles and tends to be symmetrical.

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

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