• Alternative Names

    Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease; CPPD disease


    Treatment may involve the removal of fluid to relieve pressure within the joint. A needle is placed into the joint and fluid is removed (aspirated).

    Steroid injections may be helpful to treat severely inflamed joints. A course of oral steroids is sometimes used when multiple joints are inflamed.

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) may help ease painful attacks. Colchicine may be useful in some people.

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Most people do well with treatment.


    Permanent joint damage can occur without treatment.

    Calling your health care provider

    Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have attacks of joint swelling and joint pain.