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Neuropathic arthropathy of the wrist revealing a syringomyelia
  1. Karim Masmoudi1,
  2. Afef Feki2,
  3. Rim Akrout2 and
  4. Sofien Baklouti2
  1. 1Orthopedic surgery department, Sidi Bouzid Hospital, Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia
  2. 2Rheumatology Department, Hedi Chaker University Hospital, Sfax, Tunisia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Karim Masmoudi; mkfms{at}


Syringomyelia is uncommonly revealed by a neuropathic arthropathy (Charcot joint) and characterised by its slow progression with late neurological symptoms. In this particular field, neuropathic arthropathies mainly affect the shoulders and the elbows.

We report a new case of neuropathic arthropathy of the wrist caused by syringomyelia, because of the rarity of this condition as well as its uncommon location.

Neuropathic arthropathy caused by syringomyelia is poorly published in the literature. This atypical entity should be considered in case of Charcot arthropathy associated with neurological loss, especially when it affects the upper limbs.

  • Spinal cord
  • Musculoskeletal syndromes
  • Degenerative joint disease

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  • Contributors KM—drafting the manuscript. AF—data acquisition and interpretation. RA—article revision and final approval, conception and design. SB—final approval of the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.