McFerrin syndrome (Rorschach radiology)

Case contributed by Dr Ben Hudson

Patient Data

Age: Adult
Gender: Male

This image demonstrates a typical case of McFerrin syndrome.

The S2 nerve roots are normally positioned anteriorly within the thecal sac at the S1/2 level. The remaining caudal descending sacral nerve roots are aligned in a perfect curvilinear arc posteriorly.

First described by Robert McFerrin circa 1988.

However your day of radiology reporting might have gone, this image lets you know you have the best job in the hospital - 'Don't worry, be happy'.

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Case information

rID: 46839
Published: 19th Jul 2016
Last edited: 5th Jul 2018
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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