Mid-thoracic paediatric trauma

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones

Patient Data

Age: 7 years
Gender: Male
X-ray

The vertebral bodies in the mid-thoracic spine are rounded anteriorly which is simply a feature of the developing paediatric spine.

MRI

The rounded anterior margin of the thoracic vertebra represents normal development and is not pathological.  Each of the vertebra are wrapped in cartilage and there is no increased high signal in the vertebral bodies.

Incidentally, there is a Chiari I malformation and an extensive thoracic syrinx.

Case Discussion

The paediatric spine is full of subtle ossific densities and "abnormal" contours, most of which actually represent normal development.

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Case information

rID: 23624
Case created: 28th Jun 2013
Last edited: 16th Oct 2015
Tag: spine
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