Oppenheimer ossicle

Case contributed by Dr Andrei Tsoriev

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male

There is non union of the apex of the right lower articular process of the 4th lumbar vertebra.

Annotated image

Visible fissure of non united ossicle is indicated by arrows.

Case Discussion

Oppenheimer ossicles are accessory ossicles associated with the facet joints found in ~4% (range 1-7%) of lumbar spines

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Case information

rID: 37531
Published: 11th Jun 2015
Last edited: 9th Oct 2018
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