European Journal of Rheumatology
Case Report

Rheumatoid arthritis and tabetic arthropathy: physiopathological link or simple association?


Department of Rheumatology, Hassan II University Hospital, Medical School, Fez, Morocco

Eur J Rheumatol 2016; 3: 41-43
DOI: 10.5152/eurjrheum.2015.0006
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To the best of our knowledge, the association of rheumatoid arthritis and tabetic arthropathy has never been described before in the literature. We report here a first observation. We report the case of a 50-year-old man, treated for syphilitic arthritis evolving for 4 years, who presented with a table of rheumatoid arthritis. The diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis was established according to the 2010 American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism criteria (ACR/EULAR). The treatment was based on weekly injection of methotrexate and a symptomatic treatment by corticosteroid. The association of rheumatoid arthritis and tabetic arthropathy is rare, to our knowledge this is the first case reported. This case reminds us that a neuropathic arthropathy as tabetic arthropathy, although it is rare, can be associated in a sporadic or exceptional way with other rheumatic disease like rheumatoid arthritis. A physiopathological link between the both diseases remains to be proved.

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