Baastrup syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Ayaz Hidayatov


Elderly male presented with low back pain increased in flexion movements.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Male

CT reveals hypertrophic-degenerative changes at the level of the spinous processes of the L3 and L4 vertebrae, there is abnormal contact of the spinous processes (kissing spines), with subcortical sclerotic changes at interspinous surfaces and interspinous degenerative vacuum phenomenon.

Finding most suggestive of Baastrup syndrome.

Case Discussion

Baastrup disease is an unusual cause of lower back pain. This case illustrates typical findings of Baastrup disease with kissing spines. 

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Case information

rID: 64891
Published: 13th Dec 2018
Last edited: 13th Dec 2018
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Medistyle hospital

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