The association of pseudogout and acute Charcot arthropathy is described in a 67 yr old man. The sudden collapse of the medial tibial plateau of his right knee was preceded by an episode of pseudogout. Attention is drawn to the frequent occurrence in the literature of the association of an acute inflammatory arthritis and Charcot arthropathy. It is suggested that pseudogout accompanying Charcot arthropathy is due to intra articular 'shedding' of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals, resulting from cartilaginous microfractures, and as such is indicative of progressive joint destruction.
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- Immunology and Allergy
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)