Dowager's hump

Case contributed by Dr Roberto Schubert

Presentation

Known osteoporosis. History of repeated vertebral fractures. Chronic back pain.

Patient Data

Age: 60
Gender: Female
Modality: X-ray

Multiple biconcave, wedge-shaped or flat vertebrae of the thoracic and lumbar spine resulting from earlier fractures in severe osteoporosis.

Case Discussion

Osteoporotic kyphosis in elderly women is often denominated as dowager's hump (although men may also get it). A dowager is a widow, who holds a title or property, derived from her deceased husband.

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Case Information

rID: 18147
Case created: 13th Jun 2012
Last edited: 4th Nov 2015
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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