Licked candy stick - rheumatoid arthritis

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Long standing rhematoid arthritis. No previous foot surgery of trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Female

The distal 5th metastarsal has a tapered appearance towards the MTP joint.

The degree of bone resorption can be appreciated by comparison against the normal adjacent metatarsals.

A illustrative conceptualisation of how the sign for these radiological appearances arise.

Case Discussion

The licked candy stick appearance refers to tapering of the tips of the metacarpal bones, metatarsal bones, phalanges or clavicles and is typically associated with chronic rheumatological conditions:

The appearances result from bone resorption/destruction resembling the appearance of a candy stick that has been slowly deformed from licking.

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Case information

rID: 34600
Published: 1st Mar 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Tag: rdgh
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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