Beta thalassaemia major - Cooley anaemia

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Acute knee injury with medial pain. ? medial meniscal injury.

Patient Data

Age: 45
Gender: Male

Reversal of normal marrow signal with increased striations. There is high signal intensity marrow in the PD FS and T2 FS sequences (note patellar signal is lost on T2 FS). 

This lateral radiograph of the lumbar spine was on PACS (no mention of underlying diagnosis in the clinical notes) 

Case Discussion

Both the plain film and MRI demonstrate prominence of trabecular striations that is seen in thalassaemia. The diagnosis of beta-thalassaemia was confirmed with the clinician.

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Case information

rID: 16592
Case created: 1st Feb 2012
Last edited: 19th Jan 2017
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