Chondrocalcinosis 2


A very rare genetic disorder characterized by progressive osteoarthritis. Joint damage is caused by deposits of crystals containing calcium.


* Joint pain * Osteoarthritis * Stiff joints


Although the exact cause of primary gout remains unknown, it appears to be linked to a genetic defect in purine metabolism, which causes elevated blood levels of uric acid (hyperuricemia) due to overproduction of uric acid, retention of uric acid, or both.


Radiography has a large role to play in the diagnosis of chondrocalcinosis with radiographs, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasound and nuclear medicine all having a part. [2] CT scans and MRIs show calcific masses (usually within the ligamentum flavum or joint capsule) however radiography is more successful.