Charcot joint - spine

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Diabetic patient.

Patient Data

Age: Elderly.
Gender: Female

A focal thoracic kyphosis is present due to severe destructure change involving adjacent vertebra with anterolisthesis. 


The patient went on to have surgical fusion and biopsy. 

Case Discussion

This is a case of histologically proven Charcot joint in a diabetic patient. Note the distinctive difference in bone density above and below the Charcot joint on plain radiographs. 

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Case information

rID: 7198
Published: 16th Sep 2009
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
Tag: spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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