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Rivista di Chirurgia
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Chirurgia 2014 October;27(5):285-7
Cervical gout tophus a very rare cause of radiculopathy
He S., Lin L., Yang G., Tang C.
Department of Spine Surgery, Third affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China
Gout typically affects the distal joints of the appendicular skeleton. Involvement of the facet joints and posterior column of the cervical spine is rare. We report a case of a 71-year-old man with no previous history of gout who presented with neck pain radiating to his right shoulder. His radiological findings were suggestive of malignancy. Surgical excision of the mass lesion compressing the right C5 root was planned. Histological diagnosis confirmed tophaceous gout. The radiating pain improved postoperatively.