Distended facet sign

Case contributed by Dr Muneesh Sharma

Presentation

Low back pain

Patient Data

Age: 40
Gender: Male
Modality: MRI

MR demonstrates the "distended facet sign" at L4-5. It implies presence of spondylolisthesis (with or without lysis).

Case Discussion

The abnormal range of movement at the facet joint in the supine non weight bearing position results in fluid distension which would disappear on weight bearing.

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Case Information

rID: 10804
Case created: 22nd Sep 2010
Last edited: 16th Dec 2015
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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