Persistent nutrient canal of vertebral body (Hahn cleft)

Case contributed by Dr Roberto Schubert


MRI performed for chronic low back pain.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Female

The nutrient canal of the vertebral body may persist through the whole sagittal diameter (here at L1). This is a normal finding.

Case Discussion

Hahn cleft is a normal finding seen on cross-sectional imaging and should not be mistaken for a fracture.

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