Vertebral pneumatocyst

Case contributed by Dr Hidayatullah Hamidi



Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Male

Well-defined intraosseous air cyst is noted beneath the superior endplate of the vertebral body.

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The involved vertebra is L3.

Case Discussion

Intraosseous pneumatocysts are gas-containing cysts seen inside the bone without communication with the joint. In this case no air is seen in the relevant disc (vacuum phenomenon) to suggest the air is secondary to disc degeneration.

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Case information

rID: 82846
Published: 7th Oct 2020
Last edited: 7th Oct 2020
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included