Scheuermann disease

Case contributed by Roberto Schubert
Diagnosis almost certain


Recurrent backaches.

Patient Data

Age: 10 years
Gender: Male

MRI Spine


T2 signal loss of four adjacent thoracic disk segments with Schmorl nodes and hyperintense bone edema of the vertebral bodies T 7-9. 

Case Discussion

A rare example of Scheuermann disease "caught in the act", that may eventually result in kyphosis. Also note the persisting neurocentral synchondroses typical for that age.

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