Toothpaste sign

The toothpaste sign in spinal imaging represents an extrusion of an intervertebral disc into the epidural space. It is called after the shape of extruded material relatively to the parent disc in a sagittal plane.

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rID: 2186
Section: Signs
Tags: stub, refs, spine
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  • Toothpaste sign in spinal imaging

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    Figure 1: squeezed toothpaste
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    Disc extrusion : T2
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