Missed our latest free live-stream? Catch up now on our Procedure Tips (Chris Nicholas) and Right Lower Quadrant Pain (Matt Morgan)


Dr Owen Kang and Dr René Pfleger et al.

Parasyndesmophytes or floating syndesmophytes are, as the name suggests, paravertebral dystrophic soft tissue calcifications or heterotopic ossifications.

They are known to be seen in 4

Initially they begin at a distance from the vertebral body and intervertebral space. In early disease they are best described as thick and fluffy or thin and curvilinear densities on one side of the spine, paralleling the lateral surfaces of the vertebrae and discs. Eventually they will grow to form large and bulky masses, merging with the underlying bone and disc.

Late stages can render differentiation from the related counterparts syndesmophytes and flowing ossifications somewhat difficult.

Article information

rID: 28540
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Parasyndesmophyte
  • Parasyndesmophyte formation
  • Floating syndesmophytes

ADVERTISEMENT: Supporters see fewer/no ads

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.