Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 34, Issue 12, pp 803–806 | Cite as

Tophaceous gout in the cervical spine

  • Jonathan Cabot
  • Leigh Mosel
  • Andrew Kong
  • Mike Hayward
Case Report


Gout is a common metabolic disorder typically affecting the distal joints of the appendicular skeleton. Involvement of the axial skeleton, particularly the facet joints and posterior column of the cervical spine, is rare. This case report highlights such a presentation in a 76-year old female who presented with cervical spine pain following a fall. Her radiological findings were suggestive of a destructive metastatic process. Histological diagnosis confirmed tophaceous gout.


Gout Arthritis Cervical Facet joints Imaging 



The authors would like to thank Mr. A. Szabo and Dr. L. Henry (Gribbles Pathology).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Cabot
    • 1
  • Leigh Mosel
    • 2
  • Andrew Kong
    • 2
  • Mike Hayward
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryRoyal Adelaide HospitalAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Medical ImagingFlinders Medical CentreBedford ParkAustralia

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