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Donna Hill Howes, RN, Administrator, answeredPseudogout, or chondrocalcinosis, has been mistaken for osteoarthritis as well as for gout. Pseudogout usually occurs when calcium deposits build up in the knees and cause swelling, inflammation, and pain. An attack of pseudogout has been known to last for weeks. On the other hand, osteoarthritis is caused by a breakdown of joint cartilage and tends to develop over time.