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Prominent cervical vertebral venous channels

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


Fall. Neck pain.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

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No fracture or malalignment. No prevertebral swelling. Prominent vertebral venous channels run through almost all of the vertebral bodies simulating fractures when viewed in the axial plane. 

Case Discussion

The inexperienced reader may misinterpret prominent vertebral venous channels as fractures which is why it is important to always look at potential fractures in more than one plane. 

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Case information

rID: 45333
Published: 24th May 2016
Last edited: 11th Feb 2021
System: Spine, Trauma
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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