Vertebra plana

Vertebra plana or pancake vertebra is the term given when a vertebral body has lost almost its entire height anteriorly and posteriorly, representing a very advanced crush fracture. It can occur with a variety of settings, including:

There are a number of mnemonics for the causes of vertebra plana.

See also

  • platyspondyly: flattened vertebral bodies throughout the entire skeleton

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rID: 7428
Sections: Signs, Gamuts
Tag: oncology
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Silver dollar sign
  • Pancake vertebra
  • Coin-on-edge sign
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    T2 Sag
    Case 1: in lymphoma
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    Case 2: in osteoporosis
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    Case 3: with myeloma
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    Vertebra plana
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    Case 5: in Langerhan’s cell histiocytosis
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