Neurocentral synchondrosis

Case contributed by Dr Roberto Schubert


MRI of the thoracic spine performed for trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 9
Gender: Male

Dark vertical, bilaterally symmetric lines in he dorsal third of the thoracic vertrebral bodies, that look like gull's wings on transverse sections.

Case Discussion

The bilateral neurocentral synchondroses (NCS) are cartilaginous growth plates between the single anterior and the bilateral neural arch ossification centres to allow the vertebral arch to grow in keeping with the spinal cord 1. By the age of 14 years, these sutures have fused and can no longer be observed on MR images 2.

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Case information

rID: 14877
Published: 1st Sep 2011
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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