Mid-thoracic pediatric trauma

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones

Patient Data

Age: 7 years
Gender: Male

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


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 pediatric 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
Published: 28th Jun 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Tag: spine
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