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Vertebra plana

Last revised by Dr Mostafa El-Feky on 16 Aug 2022

Vertebra plana (plural: vertebrae planae), also known as the pancakesilver dollar or coin-on-edge vertebra, is the term given when a vertebral body has lost almost its entire height anteriorly and posteriorly, representing a very advanced compression fracture.

Pathology

It can occur in a variety of settings, including:

There are a number of mnemonics for the causes of vertebra plana.

See also

  • platyspondyly: flattened vertebral bodies throughout the entire skeleton

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: in lymphoma
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  • Case 2: in osteoporosis
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  • Case 3: with myeloma
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  • Case 4: in osteoprosis
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  • Case 5: in Langerhans cell histiocytosis
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  • Case 6: in Langerhans cell histiocytosis
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  • Case 7: B-cell lymphoma
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  • Case 8: agressive vertebral hemangioma
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