Patients may experience very painful inflammation in one or more joints. The affected joint is most often the knee. The affected joint becomes red, hot, swollen, painful and stiff. Some afflicted patients may develop a fever. These symptoms are very similar to gout so when chondrocalcinosis takes on this form it is often referred to as pseudogout. Bouts of pseudogout are called episodes, and episodes can last for weeks. Patients who have these symptoms for years may end up with permanently damaged joints. About 25 percent of all chondrocalcinosis patients will develop pseudogout.
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