European Spine Journal

, Volume 21, Supplement 4, pp 400–403 | Cite as

Spinal gout tophus: a very rare cause of radiculopathy

  • Askin Esen Hasturk
  • Mehmet Basmaci
  • Suat Canbay
  • Cigdem Vural
  • Fuat Erten
Case Report


Gout is a common metabolic disease characterized by the development of arthritis and nephropathy related to the deposition of monosodium urate crystals within the joints, periarticular tissues, skin and kidneys. Tophus formation seen around the spinal column is very rare, while occurrences of spinal gout tophus without systemic gout disease are much more unique. In our study, we report a spinal gout case that presented with right sciatica without previous history of systemic gout disease.


Gout tophus Radiculopathy Spinal column Management 


Conflict of interest

None of the authors has any potential conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Askin Esen Hasturk
    • 1
  • Mehmet Basmaci
    • 1
  • Suat Canbay
    • 1
  • Cigdem Vural
    • 2
  • Fuat Erten
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryDr. Abdurrahman Yurtaslan Oncology Training and Research HospitalYenimahalleTurkey
  2. 2.Department of PathologyBaskent University HospitalAnkaraTurkey

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