Spinal Neuropathic Arthropathy

  • Anastasia PlaunovaEmail author
  • Kelly Tisovic


Spinal neuropathic arthropathy, sometimes called “Charcot spine,” describes a process characterized by destructive lesions within the spine, which may also affect the adjacent disc space, surrounding vertebra, and facet joints. PET/MR imaging can help diagnose spinal neuropathy and its associated findings while excluding more serious entities.


Spinal neuropathic arthropathy Neuropathic spine Charcot spine FDG PET/MR 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyStony Brook University HospitalStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyStony Brook University HospitalStony BrookUSA

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