Salt and pepper sign (skull)

Salt and pepper sign or pepper pot skull refers to multiple tiny well-defined lucencies in the calvaria caused by resorption of trabecular bone in hyperparathyroidism. There is a loss of definition between the inner and outer tables of the skull and a ground-glass appearance as well as spotty deossification.

Occasionally, the term is used synonymous (although inaccurately) with raindrop skull appearance of multiple lytic lesions of multiple myeloma 4.

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rID: 21561
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Pepperpot skull
  • Salt and pepper skull
  • Salt and pepper appearance
  • Salt and pepper calvaria
  • Salt and pepper sign of the skull
  • Salt and pepper sign of the calvaria
  • Pepper pot skull

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