Acute Schmörl node

Case contributed by Dr Hani Salam


Acute upper back pain.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Male
Modality: X-ray

Very subtle intervertebral disc calcifications are seen.

Modality: CT

Intervertebral disc calcifications are seen with interruption of the continuity of the superior endplates.

Modality: MRI

T1 showed reduced bone marrow signal intensity of the vertebral body which appears bright on STIR images in-keeping with bone marrow oedema. Disc calcification with superior end-plate herniation (Schmörl node) and to a lesser extent the inferior end plate. Findings in keeping with acute Schmörl node. 

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Case Information

rID: 29618
Case created: 9th Jun 2014
Last edited: 5th May 2016
Tag: spine
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