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I have been diagnosed with calcium buildup around my knee

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I have been diagnosed with calcium buildup around my knee replacement, what does this mean?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

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That means you likely have pseudogout problem.

Calcium hydroxyappatite crystals can deposit around the joint.

This is not usually serious but can cause pain.

The deposits can be removed arthroscopically if needed.

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Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


I have a different answer.

this situation is classic for myositis ossificans.

It happens in people who have had arthritis for years after hip or knee replacement.

It is ossification of the surrounding tissues after replacement. Bone formation.

It is more common if you had arthritis for a long time.

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Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


The above will not let me edit my post.

This condition is more common after hip replacement.

More rare after knee replacement.

However, it is certainly more common that pseudogout. Only one case of pseduogout has been reported after knee replacement.

See this link

In fact, psedogout would not arise in a prosthetic joint in general.

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