Oppenheimer ossicle

Case contributed by Dr Andrei Tsoriev

Patient Data

Age: 68
Gender: Male
Modality: MRI

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

Modality: 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
Case created: 11th Jun 2015
Last edited: 23rd Apr 2017
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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