Draped curtain sign (photograph)

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


For illustration purposes.


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
Published: 14th Oct 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded