Calcium Pyrophosphate Dihydrate Disease Diagnoses And Treatment
It is also very likely for a CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound to be performed. When it is CPPD, the tests will show calcification in the joint or the capsule of the joint. The possibility also exists that some fluid from the affected joint may be retrieved and analyzed for calcium pyrophosphate crystals.
Once the verdict is in and the presence of CPPD has been established there is unfortunately nothing that can be done to cure it. Rest and exercise may be advised and medications such as NSAIDs, Corticosteroids and Colchicine may be given to alleviate the pain and decrease stiffness.
Should the above treatments turn out not be helpful, stronger medication such as hydroxychloroquine or methotrexate can be prescribed. The option to remove fluid is available, as well as removing the calcium deposits through surgery. This can restore the functionality of the joint and relieve the pain.
Women are a little bit more at risk than men to get CPPD, but that risk increased for both genders when they reach the age of 85 and over. Almost half of this age group is currently suffering from this condition.
So far, nothing has been found which could aid in the prevention of CPPD. It seems like there is nothing you can do to escape it, but that is not true.
You always have a prayer!
Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."