crystal Arthritis

Crystal Arthritis

Crystal arthritis is a type of arthritis caused by the deposition of crystals in the joints. Gout and pseudogout are the two most common types of crystal arthritis. Gout is more common than pseudogout and typically affects middle-aged men. It occurs when uric acid builds up in the blood and forms crystals that deposit in the joints. Pseudogout is less common and typically affects older adults. It occurs when calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals deposit in the joints. 

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis is based on symptoms, medical history, and laboratory tests.  Imaging and joint aspiration may also be performed as part of the diagnosis process. Treatment involves relieving pain and inflammation of acute attacks and preventing future attacks. Medications such as NSAIDs, colchicine, and corticosteroids can be used. Long-term management may involve medications such as allopurinol, febuxostat, or other urate-lowering therapy.

Dr. Quah specialises in treating gout and helping patients like you manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Don’t let crystal arthritis hold you back any longer. By seeking treatment from a Rheumatologist, you can experience relief from painful attacks and prevent long-term damage to your joints.