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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2014, Article ID 760861, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/760861
Case Report

An Unusual Presentation of Charcot Arthropathy Caused by Syringomyelia Mimicking a Soft Tissue Tumor

1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Ankara Numune Training and Research Hospital, Ülkü Mah. Talatpasa Bulvarı No. 5, Altındağ, 06100 Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Ankara Atatürk Chest Diseases and Chest Surgery Training and Research Hospital, 06280 Ankara, Turkey
3Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, Gazi University School of Medicine, 06560 Ankara, Turkey

Received 6 May 2014; Accepted 7 July 2014; Published 13 July 2014

Academic Editor: Vinod K. Panchbhavi

Copyright © 2014 Cuneyd Gunay 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 arthropathy is a chronic, degenerative condition and is associated with decreased sensorial innervation. Numerous causes of this arthropathy have been described. Here we report a case of neuropathic arthropathy secondary to syringomyelia which was misdiagnosed as a soft tissue tumor and treated surgically and additionally with radiotherapy at another institution. The patient had clinical and radiological signs of syringomyelia, associated with a limited range of motion, swelling, and pain in the affected joint. Neuropathic arthropathy, although less common, should be considered in cases of unexplained joint swelling, pain, and limited range of motion of the affected joint.