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Chondrocalcinosis of the knee - Definition


Chondrocalcinosis of the knee refers to the presence of calcium crystals inside the knee joint. In general both knees are affected symmetrically and this disease primarily affects adults aged 40-50 years old. It causes pain in the knees which is increased with movement. The knee may be red and swollen, with a feeling of warmth. The diagnosis is suspected by an X-ray and can be confirmed if necessary by puncturing the joint where the calcium crystals are identified. Analgesics are used to relieve the pain, but a prosthesis may sometimes be necessary in case of disabling injuries.