Pony tail causing artefact

Case contributed by Dr Craig Hacking


Incidental finding on frontal skull X-ray.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Female

Large round peripherally dense (? calcified) opacity projected in the center of the skull above the orbits.

Case Discussion

The round opacity over the center of the skull was not apparent on any other view (not provided). The opacity was confirmed by the radiographer as the patient's pony tail and with the patient's hair let down, a repeat X-ray showed resolution of the opacity.

If not due to artefact, the DDx would be of a calcified meningioma.

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Case information

rID: 53774
Published: 6th Jun 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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