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Features of a Charcot joint (mnemonic)

Dr Tim Luijkx and Radswiki et al.

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

  • 6 Ds of Charcot joint


  • increased density (subchondral sclerosis)
  • destruction
  • debris (intra-articular loose bodies)
  • dislocation
  • distention
  • disorganisation

The causes of Charcot arthropathy can be remembered with the "S" mnemonic.

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