Reverse rugger jersey spine

Last revised by Yahya Baba on 30 Nov 2023

Reverse rugger jersey spine describes the low endplate densities at multiple contiguous vertebral levels producing an alternating lucent-sclerotic-lucent appearance. It's the reverse counterpart of the Rugger jersey spine and also mimics the horizontal stripes of a rugby jersey.


This appearance is often associated with osteoporosis, but the precise pathology is not determined, due to insufficient histopathological data and few reported cases.

Differential diagnosis

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