ISSN 2147-9720 | E-ISSN 2148-4279
Case Report
Rheumatoid arthritis and tabetic arthropathy: physiopathological link or simple association?
1 Department of Rheumatology, Hassan II University Hospital, Medical School, Fez, Morocco  
Eur J Rheumatol 2016; 3: 41-43
DOI: 10.5152/eurjrheum.2015.0006
Key Words: Tabetic arthropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatoid factor, anti–citrullinated protein antibody

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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