1. Gout is the deposition of uric acid crystals.
2. Pseudo gout is the deposition of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals.
3. Both conditions produce sharp crystals which are extremely painful. Think of it as throwing a bunch of broken glass into your joint. That’s what happens with gout and pseudogout.
4. Gout may occur with a diet that is rich in meat while Pseudogout has no precipitating factors.
5. Gout is treated with a medication called colchicine for acute events and a medication called allopurinol for long-term preventive treatment. Pseudogout is typically treated with a steroid acutely and there is no long-term prevention medication treatment recommended.