Case Report
2015 April
Volume : 3 Issue : 2


Foramen magnum decompression and arthrodesis in a septic, neuropathic elbow: A case report

Maheshwar L, Sriramachandra D, Kiran KK, Vamshi KC

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Maheshwar L1,2*, Sriramachandra D1, Kiran KK1,2 and Vamshi KC1

 

1Department of Orthopaedics, Mediciti Institute of Medical Sciences, Ghanpur, Medchal, Hyderabad, Telangana-501401

2Department of Orthopaedics, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Punjagutta, Hyderabad, Telangana-500082

 

*Corresponding author: Dr. Maheshwar Lakkireddy, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, Mediciti Institute of Medical Sciences, Ghanpur, Medchal, Hyderabad, Telangana 501401. Mobile: 09440634372/ 09603347914; Email: maheshwar.ortho@gmail.com

 

Received 27 January 2015; Revised 5 March 2015; Accepted 12 March 2015; Published 19 March 2015

 

Citation: Maheshwar L, Sriramachandra D, Kiran KK, Vamshi KC. Foramen magnum decompression and arthrodesis in a septic, neuropathic elbow: A case report. J Med Sci Res. 2015; 3(2):82-86. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17727/JMSR.2015/3-016

 

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Abstract

Neuropathic arthropathy is a chronic progressive degenerative joint disorder associated with abnormal sensory innervation of a joint. This article presents a patient of a forty seven year old man who came with a swollen, painful, deformed elbow with discharging wound associated with fever. He had multiple consultations elsewhere for the same. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of elbow and open biopsy was done. He was advised above elbow amputation with a diagnosis of infected, ulcerated, giant cell tumour of tendon sheath. He refused amputation and presented to us with a request for limb salvage. Neurological examination revealed sensory and motor deficiencies in the left upper limb. His total leucocyte count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) were elevated. Culture of pus has shown growth of methicillin sensitive staphylococcus aureus. Resorption of the articulating surfaces with elbow dislocation and flecks of calcification in the diffuse soft tissue mass around the elbow were noted in the elbow radiograph. MRI of cervical spine revealed Chiari type I malformation with syringomyelia. Critical review and Second opinion of biopsy was suggestive of neuropathic arthropathy. Debridement and elbow arthrodesis was done under antibiotic cover. Foramen magnum decompression was done subsequently. Following the neuronal decompression neurological symptoms improved and bridging bony callus was noted across the elbow. To the best of our knowledge a rare presentation of septic, neuropathic elbow with Chiari malformation and syringomyelia treated successfully with elbow arthrodesis and foramen magnum decompression is not yet reported in the literature.

 

Keywords: neuropathic arthropathy; syringomyelia; Chiari malformation; septic arthritis; arthrodesis; foramen magnum decompression

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