Diabetes and pseudogout
by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR
Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.
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People with diabetes may be more prone to develop many arthritis problems.
One association is with osteoarthritis. Animal models of diabetes demonstrate increased destruction of articular cartilage. Some epidemiologic studies in humans demonstrate an association as well.
Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is a hypertrophic bone disease that occurs with increased incidence in diabetes. The spine is most commonly affected, with calcification of the anterior longitudinal ligament. Back pain and stiffness can occur. Hyperostosis has also been described at other locations such as the neck, pelvis, foot, and elbow, and may also result in pain and stiffness.
People with diabetes are more prone to infections including septic arthritis.
Other musculoskeletal conditions that the medical literature indicates may be associated with diabetes include gout, pseudogout, carpal tunnel syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis. It is difficult to determine if there truly is an association with diabetes or if they are simply common but unrelated conditions. If there is an association of diabetes and pseudogout, it appears to be a tenuous one.
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