Signs and Symptoms of Pseudogout

Pseudogout causes pain, swelling, redness, and warmth in the affected joints. The condition commonly affects the knee, but also may involve the shoulders, elbows, wrists, ankles, and the first metatarsal phalangeal joint of the big toe (hallux; which is often affected in standard gout).

Symptoms, which vary from mild to severe, may last from a few days to a couple of weeks, and may come and go. Fever may also be present.

Pseudogout also may cause complications, such as calcification of cartilage within the affected joints (chondrocalcinosis) and joint degeneration. Bones within the affected joints may develop cysts or bone spurs. Severe joint damage can result in bone fractures and in the death of bone tissue (avascular necrosis).

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 31 May 2006

Last Modified: 01 Oct 2015