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November 15, 1913

CHARCOT JOINTS AS AN INITIAL OR EARLY SYMPTOM IN TABES DORSALIS

Author Affiliations

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital; Assistant Surgeon, Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled NEW YORK

JAMA. 1913;61(20):1784-1788. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350210024007
Abstract

The considerable number of cases observed by me in the last few years, in which a Charcot joint or a spontaneous fracture has called attention to an underlying tabes long before any ataxia was evident, has lent new interest to this heretofore rather unpromising class of cases. This interest has been intensified by the excellent results obtained from proper splinting and orthopedic treatment in both fractures and Charcot joints, which in many cases have enabled the patients to resume their work.

The material on which this paper is based consists of twenty-three cases of Charcot joints observed in the last few years in clinic and private practice. Of the twenty-three cases, twenty-one were in men and two in women. The ages of the patients when first seen ranged from 29 to 57. One patient was 29, eight were from 30 to 39, ten from 40 to 49 and three 50

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