Fish vertebra

Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

The term fish vertebra (also codfish vertebra) describes the biconcave appearance of vertebrae (especially lumbar vertebrae).

The term fish vertebrae is attributed to by Fuller Albright (1900-1969), American endocrinologist.  In 1941, he used the term to describe the likeness of the biconcave shape of human vertebrae to the biconcave shape of fish vertebrae; although the species was unspecified.  In 1948, Fuller Albright and Edward Reifenstein (1908-1975), American endocrinologist, provided images of codfish vertebra to illustrate the deformation of vertebral bodies seen in postmenopausal osteoporosis 5, hence the term codfish vertebrae.   

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rID: 8947
Section: Pathology
Tags: stub, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Codfish vertebra
  • Fish vertebrae
  • Codfish vertebrae

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