Bilateral cervical ribs

Case contributed by Henry Knipe


Fall post drug overdose. Incidental finding.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Male

No acute cervical spine fracture demonstrated. Subtle well-corticated flattening of the anterior superior endplate of C5 with an adjacent small, well-corticated bony fragment most in keeping with a limbus vertebra.

Alignment is within normal limits. Multilevel degenerative disease most

pronounced at C6/7 with loss of intervertebral disc space height. Severe right foraminal stenosis at C5/6 to see a large right paracentral to foraminal disc osteophyte complex. 

Incidental note of bilateral cervical ribs

Case Discussion

Cervical ribs are one of the more common manifestations of transitional vertebrae

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