Baastrup syndrome

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Back pain


Selected images from an MRI demonstrate marked degenerative change at L3/4 with severe canal stenosis. Posteriorly, the spinous processes are separated by high T2 signal, edema and enhancement consistent with Baastrup syndrome.

Case Discussion

Baastrup syndrome (also referred to as kissing spines) results from adjacent spinous processes in the lumbar spine rubbing against each other and resulting in focal midline pain and tenderness relieved by flexion and aggravated by extension. 

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Case information

rID: 5363
Published: 8th Jan 2009
Last edited: 15th Dec 2019
Tag: spine
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