Sellar spine

Andrew Murphy and Dr Bruno Di Muzio et al.

Sellar spine corresponds to a rare variant of the sella turcica bony structure characterised by a mid-line spur that projects anteriorly from the dorsum sellae. It has no clinical significance, but it may be confused with a hypophyseal nodule on low-resolution MRI images, especially on coronal planes.

When large, the sellar spine can contain bone marrow and thus appear as a T1 hyperintense lesion.

It represents a remnant of the anterior end of the notochord.

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rID: 42754
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Sellar spur

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