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Case Reports in Rheumatology
Volume 2014, Article ID 160252, 5 pages
Case Report

Rapidly Destructive Inflammatory Arthritis of the Hip

1Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Western University, London, ON, Canada N6A 5W9
2Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Western University, London, ON, Canada N6A 5W9
3Department of Pathology, Western University, London, ON, Canada N6A 5A5
4Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Western University, London, ON, Canada N6A 5A5
5Division of Rheumatology, Arthritis Centre, Monsignor Roney Building, St. Joseph’s Health Care London, 268 Grosvenor Street, London, ON, Canada N6A 4V2

Received 4 May 2014; Accepted 19 June 2014; Published 7 July 2014

Academic Editor: Gregory J. Tsay

Copyright © 2014 Jenny Shu 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.


Rapidly destructive coxarthrosis (RDC) is a rare syndrome that involves aggressive hip joint destruction within 6–12 months of symptom onset with no single diagnostic laboratory, pathological, or radiographic finding. We report an original case of RDC as an initial presentation of seronegative rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in a 57-year-old Caucasian woman presenting with 6 months of progressive right groin pain and no preceding trauma or chronic steroid use. Over 5 months, she was unable to ambulate and plain films showed complete resorption of the right femoral head and erosion of the acetabulum. There were inflammatory features seen on computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). She required a right total hip arthroplasty, but arthritis in other joints showed improvement with triple disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARD) therapy and almost complete remission with the addition of adalimumab. We contrast our case of RDC as an initial presentation of RA to 8 RDC case reports of patients with established RA. Furthermore, this case highlights the importance of obtaining serial imaging to evaluate a patient with persistent hip symptoms and rapid functional deterioration.