H-shaped vertebra

Dr Dan J Bell and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

H-shaped vertebrae, also known as Lincoln log vertebrae, are a characteristic finding of sharply delimited central endplate depression, classically seen in approximately 10% of patients with sickle-cell anaemia, and results from microvascular endplate infarction (figure 1) 3.

It may occasionally be seen with other conditions such as Gaucher disease 1,2.

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rID: 1406
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Lincoln log vertebra
  • H-shaped vertebrae
  • Step off vertebra
  • Lincoln log vertebrae
  • H shaped vertebra

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