Case contributed by Dr Dalia Ibrahim


Low back pain,fever and left sciatica of acute onset.

Patient Data

Age: 55-year-old
Gender: Male

Abnormal ossous texture involving L5 & S1 vertebral bodies showing multiple osteolytic lesion, subchondral sclerosis and subtle bony erosive changes with narrowing of the intervening L5/S1 disc space.

MRI was recommended for this patient.


An inflammatory process is seen centered upon the L5 and S1 vertebrae and their intervening disc, they elicit patchy predominantly low signal at T1 WI and patchy predominantly high signal at T2 & STIR WI showing intense post contrast enhancement, it's associated with a large fairly defined epidural and smaller pre-vertebral and left paravertebral soft tissue components, which elicit low T1 high T2 signal showing intense post contrast enhancement, the epidural component is seen effacing the epidural fat, significantly compressing the theca and entangling the adjacent nerve roots, it measures roughly about 7 cm along its maximum craniocaudal dimensions, No evidence of vertebral structural collapse.

L2 vertebral body hemangioma.

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Case information

rID: 38429
Published: 19th Jul 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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