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PM R. 2013 Jun;5(6):533-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2013.01.010.

Bilateral ulnar neuropathy at the elbow secondary to neuropathic arthropathy associated with syringomyelia.

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Saskatchewan, 7th Floor, Saskatoon City Hospital, 701 Queen St, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7K 0M7.


Neuropathic arthropathy (NA), also known as Charcot joint, refers to a chronic progressive degenerative arthritis that is associated with an underlying central or peripheral neurologic disorder. The elbow is rarely reported to be involved in NA, but when affected, it is commonly a result of a cervical syrinx or tabes dorsalis. Few reports in the literature describe ulnar neuropathy at the elbow (UNE) associated with NA of the elbow, and none describe bilateral UNE in association with a cervicothoracic syrinx. We present a unique case of bilateral UNE resulting from NA of the elbow associated with a cervicothoracic syrinx.

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