Köhler disease


Köhler disease is a rare, self-limiting, avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis) of the navicular bone in children.

Spontaneous adult onset osteonecrosis of the tarsal navicular is known as Mueller-Weiss syndrome (also Brailsford disease)


1908 – First described by German radiologist Alban Köhler

Clinical examples

Navicular avascular necrosis (Köhler disease) in a 5 year old male

Right navicular avascular necrosis - 5 year old male
Right navicular avascular necrosis
Left normal navicular comparison - 5 year old male
Left comparison – normal navicular 

Associated Persons

Alternative names

  • Kohler disease, Koehler disease


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