Kümmell disease avascular necrosis

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Back pain.

Patient Data

Age: Elderly.
Gender: Female

Lumbar spine CT

A lumbar vertebral body is sclerotic and collapsed with classical horizontal cleft of gas within the bone (as well as degenerative gas in a number of the discs). This appearance is very typical of avascular necrosis (Kümmell disease). 

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Case information

rID: 5354
Case created: 6th Jan 2009
Last edited: 18th Nov 2017
Tag: spine
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