Intraosseous pneumatocyst

Intraosseous pneumatocysts are gas containing cystic structures seen inside the bone.

They are of uncertain aetiology. These cysts do not communicate with the joint.

Location

Most common site of involvement is sacroiliac joints. Other sites involved are cervical spine, scapula and other bones rarely.

CT

Appear as very low density (i.e. air at approximately -1000 HU) cystic lesion with thin sclerotic margin, usually abutting a joint.

MRI

Low signal intensity on both T1 and T2 weighted MR images. 

Imaging differential considerations include

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Section: Pathology
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Intraosseous pneumatocysts
  • Intra-osseous pneumatocyst
  • Intra-osseous pneumatocysts

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