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H-shaped vertebra

Case contributed by Dr Varun Babu


Known patient of sickle cell anemia.

Patient Data

Age: 9 years
Gender: Male

Right convexity dorsal scoliosis. Multiple dorsolumbar vertebrae show central end plate depressions giving the appearance of H shaped vertebrae. Normal posterior elements. Normal pre and paravertebral soft tissue planes. 

Case Discussion

Secondary to the veno occlusive crisis, the infarctions of vertebrae result in central end plate collapse giving the typical H appearance. 

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Case information

rID: 59085
Published: 21st Mar 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Vivid Diagnostic Centre

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