The symptoms of chondrocalcinosis are very close to those of gout, which is why chondrocalcinosis is called pseudo-gout.
- sudden and very intense pain in a joint,
- swelling of the affected area.
In principle, chondrocalcinosis attacks are punctual and spaced, but some patients experience permanent discomfort.Attention, unfortunately most forms of chondrocalcinoses are asymptomatic (you feel nothing) and are discovered during a radiological examination.
Most chondrocalcinoses are detected by radiological examination (often knee, face and profile). The radio shows opaque edging ends that line the joints.
If a chondrocalcinosis can not be detected by radio, ultrasound, which is more accurate and more sensitive, can be a valuable aid in completing the radiographic examination. On ultrasound, the doctor discovers an image of double contour of the articular surfaces.
There is another possible technique to identify a chondrocalcinosis: a puncture of the joint fluid (or synovial) will find the presence of calcium crystals in the joints.
It is not necessary to do a scan, which does not give more information than simple X-ray.
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