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Features of a Charcot joint (mnemonic)

The radiographic features of a Charcot joint can be remembered by using the following mnemonic:

  • 6 D's of Charcot joint


  • Increased Density (subchondral sclerosis)
  • Destruction
  • Debris (intra-articular loose bodies)
  • Dislocation
  • Distention
  • Disorganization

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