The "licked candy stick" appearance

Licked candy stick appearance

The term licked candy stick appearance refers to tapering of the tips of the metacarpal / tarsal bones, phalanges or clavicles. This finding can be seen in advanced cases of:

Psoriatic arthritis: enthesitis and marginal erosions destroy the peripery of the bone, leaving a thinned central region. This also leads to the "pencil in cup deformity". 

Rheumatoid arthritis: marginal erosions and destruction of the joint, due to destructive pannus, also may leave a tapered portion of bone.

Leprosy: atrophy and resorption of bone due to deinvervation, begins distally in the colder regions of the body and progresses proximally. 

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Publication date: 28th Sep 2013 20:33 UTC

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