Chondrocalcinosis is a rheumatic disease that strongly resembles gout (also known as pseudo-gout).

It is a very common pathology that affects cartilage and joint envelopes (especially knees, hips, wrists) usually in people over 60 years of age.

Unlike gout, women are more prone to chondrocalcinosis than men.

Chondrocalcinosis is characterized by the formation of calcium crystals inside the joints. Following an enzymatic disequilibrium of the cartilage cells, these crystals, produced in excess, become encrusted in the cartilages or menisci.

Chondrocalcinosis causes gout-like painful attacks (acute arthritis) that affect almost 2% of the population.

Generally, the disease affects the joints symmetrically (both sides of the body at a time). The knee, hand and wrist are the main targets of chondrocalcinosis.

The pains caused by chondrocalcinosis, often intense, can be confused with inflammatory attacks of osteoarthritis.

This pathology can cause chronic joint disease (chronic arthropathy).

The general practitioner can treat patients with chondrocalcinosis. For important or complicated forms, the opinion of a rheumatologist may be necessary.

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Author: Charles Brumauld.
Expert Consultant: Professor Olivier Meyer, Head of the Rheumatology Department at Bichat Hospital (Paris).

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