Features of a Charcot joint (mnemonic)

Dr Daniel J Bell 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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rID: 12100
Section: Mnemonics
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • 6 Ds
  • Charcot joint features (mnemonic)

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