Bone within a bone

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones


Conjugated hyperbilirubinaemia. ? Alagille's syndrome. Exclude butterfly vertebrae.

Patient Data

Age: 6 weeks
Gender: Male

Extensive abnormality throughout the spine with a bone-within-a-bone appearance.

No butterfly vertebra.

Case Discussion

There are many causes of the bone-within-a-bone appearance which include a normal variant in babies and growth arrest during chronic illness as well as autosomal dominant osteopetrosis.

In this case, no underlying cause was found and it was therefore considered to be a normal variant.

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Case information

rID: 20004
Published: 28th Oct 2012
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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