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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2014, Article ID 631346, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/631346
Case Report

Charcot Spine and Parkinson’s Disease

1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Pierre and Marie Curie University, 47 Boulevard de l’Hôpital, 75013 Paris, France
2Department of Rheumatology, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, 47 Boulevard de l’Hôpital, 75013 Paris, France
3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Bichat Claude Bernard Hospital, Paris Diderot University, 46 rue Henri Huchard, 75877 Paris, France
4Department of Radiology, Bichat Claude Bernard Hospital, Paris Diderot University, 46 rue Henri Huchard, 75877 Paris, France

Received 18 May 2014; Accepted 15 July 2014; Published 6 August 2014

Academic Editor: Federico Canavese

Copyright © 2014 Philippe Loriaut et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Charcot spine is rare condition whose association with Parkinson’s disease (PD) has not been reported yet. The authors reported the cases of two patients with PD who developed Charcot spine. Both patients presented with a history of back pain and bilateral radicular leg pain. They had complete clinical and radiological assessment. Lumbar spine was involved in both patients. Clinical features and response to treatment were described. In the first case, circumferential fusion and stabilization were performed on the dislocated vertebral levels. A solid and stable fusion of the spine was obtained with satisfactory clinical outcome. Surgical treatment has been recommended to the other patient. In both cases, no other neurological etiology was found to account for Charcot spine. In conclusion, Charcot spine is associated with several neurological affections but has not previously been reported in association with Parkinson’s disease.