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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2018, Article ID 1743068, 5 pages
Case Report

Clinical Results of Total Hip Arthroplasty in Two Patients with Charcot Hip Joints due to Congenital Insensivity to Pain with Anhydrosis

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Graduate School of Medical Science, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan

Correspondence should be addressed to Tamon Kabata; pj.oc.oohay@atabaknomat

Received 22 June 2017; Accepted 26 December 2017; Published 31 January 2018

Academic Editor: John Nyland

Copyright © 2018 Daisuke Inoue 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.


Traditionally, Charcot arthropathy has been considered an absolute contraindication for total hip arthroplasty (THA). However, some recent reports have shown that good short- to mid-term results can be achieved by improving the durability of the implant. This paper reports the mid- to long-term results of THA in two patients with Charcot hip joints caused by congenital insensivity to pain with anhydrosis. Both patients suffered multiple posterior dislocations in the six months immediately following surgery. However, with the continuous use of a hard abduction brace, one patient was eventually able to walk with a lofstrand cane and the other with the use of one crutch. Although one patient experienced a dislocation five years after surgery, X-rays taken after nine years and five years, respectively, revealed no clinical signs of implant loosening. We conclude that, with careful planning and appropriate precautions, THA may be a viable treatment option for Charcot hip joints caused by congenital insensivity to pain with anhydrosis.