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Vertebral body avascular necrosis

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard

Presentation

Back pain.

Patient Data

Age: Elderly.
Gender: Female
CT

Lumbar spine CT

A lumbar vertebral body is sclerotic and collapsed with classical horizontal cleft of gas within the bone (as well as degenerative gas in a number of the discs). This appearance is very typical of avascular necrosis (Kümmell disease). 

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Case information

rID: 5354
Published: 6th Jan 2009
Last edited: 21st Sep 2019
Tag: spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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