Draped curtain sign (photograph)

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle

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For illustration purposes.

Modality: Photo

The characteristic appearance of draped curtains, with an apex superiorly.

Case Discussion

The curtain sign (or draped curtain sign) in neuroimaging refers to the appearance of a vertebral body mass that extends to the anterior epidural space.

If a vertebral body lesion extends posteriorly to the anterior epidural space, it displaces the posterior longitudinal ligament. However this is limited by that strong medial fixation, giving a bilobular intracanalar aspect in the axial images, which is commonly called curtain sign (or draped curtain sign).

Photograph courtesy of Roger Bickle, Melton Mowbray, UK.

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Case Information

rID: 48579
Case created: 14th Oct 2016
Last edited: 15th Oct 2016
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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