Article: PDF OnlyNeuropathic (Charcot) Arthropathy of the Spine After Traumatic Spinal ParaplegiaBrown, Courtney W. MD; Jones, Bert MD*; Donaldson, David H. MD; Akmakjian, Jack MD; Brugman, John L. MDAuthor Information From Lakewood Orthopaedic Clinic, Lakewood, Colorado, and *University Hospital, Denver, Colorado. Spine: June 1992 - Volume 17 - Issue 6 - p S103-S108 Free Abstract Neuropathic (Charcot) arthropathy of the spine is a relatively rare problem that, nonetheless, must be considered in the differential diagnosis of any patient with degeneration of one or more levels of the spine associated with diminished or absent protective sensation. This study presents 15 patients in whom Charcot arthropathy of the spine developed after traumatic paraplegia. Eight were successfully treated with surgical fusion, and the remaining seven were treated nonoperatively. By the use of combined anterior and posterior fusion with extensive debridement, autogenous grafting, and posterior instrumentation, successful fusion can be achieved in patients with Charcot arthropathy of the spine. However, the surgical technique is demanding, the rehabilitation must be carefully supervised, and the postoperative complication rate remains high. The possibility of developing secondary levels of arthropathy below a previously successful fusion must be considered. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.