H-shaped vertebrae due to sickle cell disease

Case contributed by Dr Vikas Shah

Presentation

Known sickle cell disease. Back pain.

Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Female
X-ray

Thoracic spine

Depressions involving the central portion of endplates of multiple thoracic vertebral bodies giving rise to H shape.

Case Discussion

Focal central vertebral body endplate depression due to microinfarcts gives rise to the H-shaped vertebral sign, found in patients with sickle cell disease. 

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Case information

rID: 74285
Published: 14th Feb 2020
Last edited: 14th Feb 2020
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