Diagnosis and Treatment of Gout and Pseudogout for Everyday Practice

Anthony Sidari*, Erica Hill

*Corresponding author for this work

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Gout and pseudogout are crystalline arthropathies commonly seen in primary care. It is important to understand their pathophysiology to facilitate recognition and appropriate treatment. Prompt gouty arthritis treatment relieves short-term suffering. Long-term treatment with urate-lowering therapy prevents recurrent attacks and is generally well-tolerated though flare risk is increased during treatment initiation. When anti-inflammatory medications are prescribed, the flare risk is low. Pseudogout acute treatment is similar to acute gouty arthritis treatment. There is no standard regimen for long-term chronic therapies of pseudogout. This article enhances the recognition and treatment of these diseases in the primary care setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-236
Number of pages24
JournalPrimary Care - Clinics in Office Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Arthritis
  • Calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease
  • Crystalline arthropathy
  • Gout
  • Monoarthritis
  • Polyarthritis
  • Pseudogout
  • Urate-lowering therapy


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