Congenital insensitivity to pain syndrome accompanied by neglected orthopedic traumas and complications

Recep Kurnaz, Murat Asci, Orhan Balta, Kursad Aytekin, Taner Gunes


Pain is a protective mechanism. Congenital insensitivity to pain syndrome is a very rare disease in which there is no ability to feel physical pain. It has been reported that it occurs with an incidence of 1 in 125 million newborn. Patients with congenital insensitivity to pain may have various orthopedic complications such as recurrent fractures, osteomyelitis and neuropathic joints. The most frequently affected body parts are lower extremities. Besides, curvature of spine can be seen. Injuries in epiphyseal points may cause incompatibility of extremity. Charcot joints may develop, which can lead to neuropathic arthropathy as a result of insensitivity to pain. Here, we present a patient with traumatic fracture-dislocation on left hip that neglected the treatment, had a bilateral femur fracture and then had septic arthritis of knee.


CİPA, Congenital insensitivity to pain syndrome, orthopedic complications

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