What is chondrocalcinosis?
Chondrocalcinosis is a condition characterized by deposits of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystals in one or more joints that eventually results in damage to the affected joints. It most often affects the knee, wrist and pubic symphysis, the joint between the pubic bones in the front of the pelvis.
Some people with chondrocalcinosis have no signs or symptoms. Others may have:
Chondrocalcinosis occurs most often in women older than age 50. It can be associated with:
A doctor may confirm a diagnosis of chondrocalcinosis by X-rays of affected joints. Blood tests may also be done to rule out other diseases, such as osteoarthritis. Treatment depends on the severity of signs and symptoms but may include:
Last Updated: 04/11/2006
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