Calcium Pyrophosphate Crystals Deposition (CPPD)

Calcium Pyrophosphate Crystals Deposition (CPPD)

Every person knows the pain and discomfort that arthritis can cause to one and their loved ones. There are many kinds of arthritis that a person may develop and one of them is the calcium pyrophosphate crystal deposition disease (CPPD). To know everything about this disease, keep reading the entire article. 

What is calcium pyrophosphate crystal deposition disease?

Calcium pyrophosphate crystal deposition disease is also known as pseudogout or simply as CPPD. It is a kind of arthritis and a person who might be suffering from this disease will be experiencing sudden swelling or atypical pain in a particular area or many areas in or around their joints. This pain does not fade away quickly and usually stays for weeks. 

The name pseudogout was given to this disease because of its vast similarity with gout. In this disease too, crystals start getting deposited in a person’s joints just like that in gout. The only difference between them is the type of crystals that get deposited. The risk of these crystals getting deposited in a person’s joints can become riskier with an increase in age. 

Which areas are affected by calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease? 

The areas affected by calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease are the knees and the wrists of a person. This happens very commonly and most people suffer from it. However, these are not the only areas that are affected by this painful disease. 

Many cases have been found when people have developed the calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease in areas like their hips, elbows, knuckles, toes, shoulders, and ankles. These cases are very uncommon and people affected with this disease in these uncommon areas need to visit a doctor as soon as possible. 

There are very rare cases of calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease affecting the areas of a person’s neck. If by chance a person does develop a calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease in the joints of their neck, they will suffer from terrible neck or shoulder pain followed by headaches and fevers. 

How can a person develop pseudogout? 

A person who can relate to any of the criteria written below has a high risk of developing it:

  • A person who is old has a good chance of developing it. 
  • A terrible injury or surgery to a joint increases the risk of it because of the trauma
  • In some cases, pseudogout might be hereditary. So a person might develop it because of another family member who has had it before them.
  • A person might get affected if they have less amount of magnesium in their blood or an excess amount of calcium or iron. 
  • A person who has a thyroid condition. 

Conclusion  This is what a calcium pyrophosphate crystal deposition disease is. For the best treatment for calcium pyrophosphate, a person should get in touch with Dr Niraj VoraDr Niraj Vora is a renowned specialist in joint replacement and trauma surgery and he is one of the best doctors in India.