Posterior lumbar subcutaneous oedema

Case contributed by Dr Ayush Goel


Obese lady with back pain

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Female

Posterior lumbar subcutaneous region shows signal changes which are hyperintense on T2 and STIR sequences and hypointense on T1 weighted sequence. The spine is otherwise unremarkable. No canal or foraminal stenosis (not-shown)

Case Discussion

No definite cause of pain identified. Subcutaneous high T2 / low T1 signal is likely incidental and consistent with oedema within posterior lumbar subcutaneous tissues, sometimes referred to as tramp-stamp oedema

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Case information

rID: 23477
Published: 18th Jun 2013
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
Tag: spine
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