|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 34-36
Bilateral ankle arthrodesis with retrograde interlocking nail in charcot arthropathy of bilateral ankle joint
Mohammad Jesan Khan1, Mohd Hadi Aziz1, Ariz Raza1, Sidra Asif2
1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital (JNMCH), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital (JNMCH), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Date of Submission||15-Dec-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||12-Apr-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||13-May-2022|
Mohammad Jesan Khan
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital (JNMCH), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Despite technological breakthroughs in treatment techniques, definitive surgical treatment of Charcot’s arthropathy remains a difficulty. Several techniques for achieving stable ankle joint arthrodesis have been proposed. In recent research, deformity correction and arthrodesis with internal fixation have shown encouraging results. In this case report, we have described a case of severe destruction of both ankle joints treated by arthrodesis with a retrograde interlocking nail. Bilateral ankle arthrodesis in end-stage arthritis of the ankle joint is rare to find. This study addresses the proper surgical management in terms of approach and usage of appropriate implants to improve the long-term functional outcome when dealing with end-stage arthritis of the ankle joint.
Keywords: Calcaneotalotibial arthrodesis, Charcot’s arthropathy, retrograde intramedullary interlocking nail
|How to cite this article:|
Khan MJ, Aziz MH, Raza A, Asif S. Bilateral ankle arthrodesis with retrograde interlocking nail in charcot arthropathy of bilateral ankle joint. J Bone Joint Dis 2022;37:34-6
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Khan MJ, Aziz MH, Raza A, Asif S. Bilateral ankle arthrodesis with retrograde interlocking nail in charcot arthropathy of bilateral ankle joint. J Bone Joint Dis [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Nov 27];37:34-6. Available from: http://www.jbjd.in/text.asp?2022/37/1/34/345162
| Introduction|| |
Charcot neuroarthropathy (CN) of the foot can result in severe ankle joint instability and deformity, contributing to major disability or even amputation., Charcot was the first to describe the effects of the neurological affliction of joints in 1868. Currently, the most common cause of Charcot’s joint is diabetes mellitus. The primary concern of treating Charcot arthropathy is establishing osseous stability, keeping the foot in a plantigrade position, and preventing ulceration., Despite technological breakthroughs in treatment techniques, definitive surgical treatment of Charcot’s arthropathy remains a difficulty. There has been a change in trend from amputation to limb salvage., Several techniques for achieving stable ankle joint arthrodesis have been proposed.,, Sir John Charnley attempted ankle arthrodesis using an external fixator and compression clamps, with variable results. In recent research, deformity correction and arthrodesis with internal fixation have shown encouraging results., In this context, the current case report describes a Charcot joint of the bilateral ankle that was treated using a transcalcaneal retrograde intramedullary interlocking nail.
| Case Report|| |
A 22-year-old man presented to JNMCH OPD with complaints of swelling in both ankle joints for 2 years, deformity in both ankles for 1.5 years, and difficulty in walking for 1 year. The patient was apparently well 2 years back when he developed swelling over both his ankles, insidious in onset, gradually progressive, and not relieved on rest and medications. The swelling and deformity gradually progressed over time and was aggravated on walking and standing. For the last 1.5 years the patient had valgus deformity at the ankle with subluxated and grossly deformed ankle joint. The patient could walk unaided but had a limp while walking. X-ray ankle anteroposterior and lateral view revealed total obliteration of joint space, tibiotalar subluxation, osteophytes, osteoarthritic changes in the ankle, and alteration of the normal anatomical axis [Figure 1]. Thus, based on the final diagnosis of the Charcot joint, debridement and arthrodesis of the ankle joint with transcalcaneal retrograde intramedullary interlocking nail was done first in the right ankle and then in the left ankle after 6 months [Figure 2]. Three doses of antibiotics were given in perioperative period. The surgical wound of the right ankle healed without any complication; however, wound dehiscence took place in the left ankle which healed with secondary intention.
|Figure 1: (A) Valgus deformity at ankle joint with bony prominence over both the medial malleoli. (B) X-ray Right ankle anteroposterior and lateral view shows the presence of tibiotalar dislocation, fracture at the distal end of the fibula, osteophytes, osteoarthritic changes of the ankle, and gross alteration of the normal anatomical axis. (C) X-ray left ankle anteroposterior and lateral view shows total obliteration of joint space, tibiotalar subluxation, osteophytes, osteoarthritic changes in ankle, and alteration of the normal anatomical axis|
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|Figure 2: Postoperative radiograph of arthrodesis of right ankle (A) and left ankle (B) with transcalcaneal retrograde intramedullary interlocking nail in situ|
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A below-knee plaster cast was given once edema subsided, and the patient was kept non-weight-bearing for 6 weeks followed by gradual weight-bearing, and after 3 months, full weight-bearing was permitted.
| Discussion|| |
Tibiotalar arthrodesis is the definitive treatment for painful terminal arthritis of the ankle. Ankle fusion results in a pain-free gait and functional improvement beyond the patient’s expectations. For this procedure, numerous approaches and procedures have been described. We feel that intramedullary nailing is an appropriate method for arthrodeses of the neuropathic joint. Küntscher used an intramedullary nail passed over a guidewire through the foot to perform arthrodesis of ankle. He believed that extensive joint debridement and nailing should be done at the same time. He utilized a 12–14 mm diameter nail which he did not lock to obtain a press fit. The patients were allowed to walk in plaster after 3 weeks of bed rest. Dalla Paola et al. studied 18 patients with hindfoot Charcot arthropathy associated with diabetes who had no previous history of ulcerations. All the limbs were salvaged, and a complete bony union of ankle arthrodesis occurred in 14 patients. Their study revealed that arthrodesis by retrograde nailing is an appropriate therapeutic option for ankle instability in Charcot arthropathy patients who do not have any ongoing or previous ulceration. Lee et al. obtained similar results in seven patients. Oesman et al. reported a single patient who underwent arthrodesis with an expert tibia nail, with good clinical and radiological outcomes and no post-operative problems. Siebachmeyer et al. studied 20 patients with Charcot arthropathy and significant ankle and hindfoot deformities in which ankle arthrodesis was done with a retrograde intramedullary nail. In every patient, limb salvage was accomplished. Except for one, all of the patients could bear full weight and had 90% radiological fusion. Pinzur et al. followed nine diabetics with Charcot arthropathy of the ankle in which ankle arthrodesis was done with a retrograde femoral nail of long size. Based on the findings, he agreed with the previous authors that intramedullary nailing is an effective salvage technique for CN. He further concluded that adopting longer nails and dynamic locking prevents complications such as stress fractures of the tibia at the nail’s proximal end. Millett et al. studied 15 patients in which tibiotalocalcaneal nailing was done, 14 patients achieved fusion in an average of 16.5 weeks, with a satisfaction rate of 93% and low complications. Paola et al. and Chraim et al. studied ankle arthrodesis by a retrograde intramedullary nail in Charcot arthropathy and achieved similar results. Russotti et al. published a study on 21 ankle arthrodeses with Steinmann pins and external fixation employing a posterior Achilles-splitting approach. Union was achieved in 86% of patients, with satisfactory results in 75%. In a meta-analysis of 117 CN patients, Yammine et al. compared external fixation and intramedullary nailing for ankle arthrodesis. In 70 patients, intramedullary nailing was done, and external fixation in 47. In the external fixation group, there was a high rate of hardware (33.6%) and wound (23%) infection. The fusion rate was 90.7% and 74%, and the amputation rate was 2.2% and 13.1%, respectively, in the intramedullary nailing and the external fixation groups.
| Conclusion|| |
The new arthrodesis technique by transcalcaneal retrograde interlocking nail has rendered amputation of the leg, which was once the basis of treatment of Charcot arthropathy, obsolete. It has yielded good outcomes while also saving the patient’s leg. Calcaneotalotibial arthrodesis appears to be a salvage operation for deformities and painful terminal arthritis in the hindfoot and ankle. Using a retrograde locking nail, the acknowledged aims of calcaneotalotibial arthrodesis, which include bony union, correction of hindfoot alignment, minimization of complications, and patient contentment, were achievable.
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Approval for study was take from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital (JNMCH), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh ethical committee (institutional).
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