H shaped vertebrae - sickle cell disease

Case contributed by Abdulmajid Bawazeer
Diagnosis certain


Known case of sickle cell anemia with new onset of chest pain.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male

Central endplate depression is seen in the dorsal spine giving  H-shaped vertebrae.

No detectable focal lung lesion.

Case Discussion

The shape of vertebral bodies (H - shaped vertebrae) due to microvascular endplate infarction can be seen in Gaucher disease and sickle cell disease as in this case.

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