The omega sign refers to the thickened aryepiglottic folds and epiglottis seen in epiglottitis, when the larynx is seen endoscopically or via laryngoscope, and not to the appearance on lateral plain films. CT would show the finding, but placing a child with epiglottitis supine to CT their neck i...
Omphalocoeles, or exomphalos, are congenital midline abdominal wall defects at the base of the umbilical cord insertion with herniation of gut (or occasionally other content) out of the fetal abdomen.
The estimated occurrence can be up to 1:4000 of live births 3.
Opsomyoclonus (dancing eyes-dancing feet syndrome) is a clinical syndrome which has a strong association with neuroblastoma.
The “opso-“ refers to the presence of intermittent jerky eye movements (dancing eyes) and the “myoclonus” to myoclonic jerks and cerebellar ataxia ...
Optic pathway gliomas are relatively uncommon tumours, with a variable clinical course and usually seen in the setting of neurofibromatosis type I (NF1). Histologically the majority are pilocytic astrocytomas.
They are characterised by imaging by an enlarged optic nerve seen either on CT or MR...
Orthoroentgenogram is a radiographic study used to evaluate anatomic leg length and calculate leg-length discrepancies. This study utilises a long ruler placed on the film, and three radiographs including bilateral hips, knees and ankles.
Similar studies used to evaluate true leg length include...
Osgood-Schlatter disease (OSD) is a chronic fatigue injury due to repeated microtrauma at the patellar ligament insertion onto the tibial tuberosity, usually affecting boys between 10-15 years.
Osgood-Schlatter disease is seen in active adolescents, especially those who jump and k...
There are six ossification centres of the elbow that appear and develop in a relatively reproducible fashion, and are key to assessment of the paediatric elbow radiograph. Timing of their appearance varies in the literature but an approximation is given below. A useful mnemonic to remember the o...
Primary ossification centres present at birth
Visible on x-ray from birth:
calcaneus: 6 months in utero
talus: 7 months in utero
cuboid: 9 months in utero
metatarsals: 9 weeks in utero
phalanges: 3-10 months (proximal to distal)
Primary ossification centres developing after birth
Ossifying renal tumour of infancy (ORTI) is a rare renal tumour.
extremely rare, <<1% of paediatric renal neoplasms (17 cases reported)
6 days - 3 months
Histology reveals spindle cells and osteoblastic cells in a calcified osteoid matrix. It is thou...
Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) is the end result of the aseptic separation of an osteochondral fragment with the gradual fragmentation of the articular surface. It is often associated with intraarticular loose bodies.
Onset is between childhood and middle age, with the majority o...
Osteofibrous dysplasia is a benign fibro-osseous cortical lesion that almost exclusively occurs in the tibia and fibula. It is most commonly seen in the mid-diaphysis of the tibia. Some consider it synonymous with ossifying fibroma because of histological similarities, but it is generally consid...
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) refers to a heterogeneous group of congenital, non-sex-linked, genetic disorders of collagen type I production, involving connective tissues and bones.
The hallmark feature of osteogenesis imperfecta is osteoporosis and fragile bones that fracture easily, as well a...
The several forms of osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) have been classified, representing wide variation in appearance and severity, and clinical features vary widely not only between types but within types.
OI was initially classified by type according to a scheme developed by Dr Da...
Osteoid osteomas are benign bone-forming tumours that typically occur in children (particularly adolescents). They have characteristic lucent nidus <2 cm and surrounding solid periosteal reaction and classically cause night pain that is relieved by the use of salicylate analgesia, e.g. aspirin.
Osteopathia striata with cranial sclerosis (OS-CS) is a clinically separate entity from osteopathia striata (Voorhoeve disease). Bony changes on their own are typically incidental and autosomal dominant, whereas OS-CS is a multisystem, X-linked dominant disorder.
OS-CS is extremel...
Osteopetrosis, or Albers-Schönberg disease, is an uncommon hereditary disorder that results from defective osteoclasts. Bones become sclerotic and thick, but their abnormal structure results in them being both weak and brittle.
There are two separate subtypes of osteopetrosis:
Oxycephaly (also known as turricephaly) is the most severe of the craniosynostoses and results from the premature closure of all sutures.
Characterised by a tower-like skull which may be associated with:
8th cranial nerve lesion
optic nerve compression
A number of paediatric cardiovascular procedures are encountered when reporting paediatric imaging. They include:
Blalock-Taussig (BT) shunt
classic: end to side subclavian to ipsilateral pulmonary arterial anastomosis
modified: graft anastomosis
Sano shunt: right ventricle ...
The differential diagnosis of paediatric cervical lesions is commonly encountered in practice, unfortunately, the list is long.
Most lesions tend to be inflammatory 3:
infected branchial cle...
The clavicle is a unique bone and as such it often displays unique pathology. The following is an attempt to summarise paediatric clavicle abnormalities.
Paediatric bone tumours and tumour-like lesions of the clavicle
majority of clavicular tumours are malignant
Ewing sarcoma (most common)
The paediatric curriculum is one of our curriculum articles and aims to be a collection of articles that represent the core paediatric knowledge.
Topics pertaining to paediatric radiology, including paediatric neuroradiology and fetal radiology, although there will be some cross cov...
The paediatric cystic renal diseases comprises a group of conditions that are all either autosomal recessive or non-hereditary:
autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD):
hyperechoic and enlarged kidney
multicystic dysplastic kidney (MCDK):
absence of functional parenchyma, urete...
Paediatric elbow radiographs are commonly encountered in the emergency department and, when approached in a systematic fashion, are not as difficult to interpret as most people think!
Check that the ossification centres are present and in the correct position. T...
The paediatric kidneys follow a growth curve. The measurements below are of the longest maximal dimension. Measurements in parentheses are one standard deviation.
0 months 1: female: 4.15 cm (0.35); male: 4.22 cm (0.32)
2 months: 5.28 cm (0.66)
6 months: 6.15 cm (0.67)
10 months: 6.23 cm (0...
The PRETEXT system proposed by the International Childhood Liver Tumours Strategy Group (previously called Société Internationale d’Oncologie Pédiatrique - Epithelial Liver Tumour Study Group - SIOPEL) aims for staging and risk stratification of liver tumours at diagnosis.
It is used to descri...
Paediatric mediastinal masses are the most common chest masses in children, with the anterior mediastinum being the most common site 1.
As in adults, mediastinal masses are classified depending on anatomical sites:
anterior mediastinal masses
middle mediastinal masses
posterior mediastinal m...
This classification system based on the embryology and anatomy of the nasal cavity, nasofrontal region, and nasolacrimal apparatus as well as anomalies associated with craniofacial syndromes.2
choanal atresia and stenosis
pyriform aperture stenosis
Paediatric nasal cavity masses can occur within the nose or the nasopharynx. These masses are often found incidentally on imaging but can be readily apparent clinically.
The clinical features of these lesions tend to mimic upper respiratory processes and may result in del...
Tumours of the posterior fossa in children can be remembered using the mnemonic:
The mnemonic is not in order of prevalence; pilocytic astrocytomas are most common.
B: brainstem glioma
A: astrocytoma (pilocytic) (85%)
This is a basic article for medical students and other non-radiologists
Paediatric radiology curriculum for medical students covers the fundamental imaging modalities, conditions and presentations on children that require imaging.
As expected and of more importance compared to adults, when con...
Paediatric renal tumours and masses are another group of diseases (just like cystic renal diseases in both the adult and child) that are bewildering in their number, nomenclature and overlapping findings.
Wilms tumour: common in older children 1-8 years old
There is a wide range of primary malignancies that results in paediatric skeletal metastases 1:
leukaemia: although not truly metastases
clear cell sarcoma: Wilms’ variant
Ewing’s sarcoma: lung metastases much more common
Paediatric urinary tract infections are common and are a source of significant imaging in young children.
Paediatric urinary tract infections affect up to 2.8% of all children every year, with approximately 2% of boys and 8% or more of girls developing a urinary tract infection at...
The British National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published the “Urinary tract infection in under 16s: diagnosis and management” in 2007 as a guideline for paediatric urinary tract infection (UTI) management, including imaging, prophylaxis and follow-up 1.
This article inten...
Pallister-Hall syndrome is characterised by:
renal anomalies, e.g horseshoe kidney
Pancreatoblastomas are rare paediatric tumours of the pancreas. However, they are the most common pancreatic neoplasm of childhood and are often associated with a raised alpha-fetoprotein.
There is slight male predilection. Usually occurs in the first decade of life with a mean ag...
Panner disease is an osteochondrosis of the capitellum. It should be distinguished from osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow which also affects the capitellum.
Panner disease is typically seen in children (5-10 years of age), although it is also seen in throwers due to repeated...
A parachute mitral valve is a valvular congenital abnormality usually identified in infants or young children though is can present later in adulthood.
Parachute mitral valves occur when all the chordae tendineae are attached to a single papillary muscle origin. Unlike the normal sit...
Parapagus twins are conjoined twins that lie side-by-side with ventrolateral fusion.
This type of conjoined twins usually shares the umbilicus, abdomen, and pelvis. The conjoined pelvis may have a single symphysis pubis and one or two sacra.
The lower gastrointestinal tract (single colon and...
Parotid infantile haemangiomas are the most common parotid tumour of childhood. They usually run a characteristically benign course.
The median age at diagnosis is 4 months 1. There is female preponderance with a male:female ratio of 1:3.
Presents as en enl...
Patau syndrome (also known as trisomy 13) is considered the 3rd commonest autosomal trisomy.
This along with Down syndrome (T21) and Edward syndrome (T18) are the only three trisomies to be compatible with extrauterine life. However, few infants live more than a few days.
Patellar sleeve fractures represent chondral or osteochondral avulsion injury at the inferior pole of the patella.
Patellar sleeve fractures occur in the paediatric population, typically between 8 and 12 years of age.
Unlike Sinding-Larsen-Johannson disease...
Patent ductus arteriosus or arteriosum (PDA) is a congenital cardiac anomaly where there is persistent patency of the ductus arteriosus, a normal connection of the fetal circulation between the aorta and the pulmonary arterial system that develops from the 6th aortic arch.
A patent urachus is one of the spectrum of congenital urachal anomalies. It has occasionally been termed "urachal fistula".
A patent urachus is often diagnosed in neonates when urine is noted leaking from the umbilicus. The umbilicus may also have an abnormal appearance o...
Neonatal hypoxic ischaemic brain injuries can manifest in different patterns of involvement depending on the severity and timing of the insult. When considering the perinatal maturation process of the brain and the severity of an insult, it is possible to understand the various manifestations.
The PECARN (Paediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network) traumatic brain injury algorithm is a clinical decision rule that aims to identify children at very low risk of clinically important traumatic brain injury (ci-TBI) 1. This validated paediatric algorithm predicts likelihood of the a...
Pectus carinatum, otherwise known as a pigeon chest, refers to a chest wall deformity in which the sternum protrudes anteriorly. It is less common than pectus excavatum.
Patients may present with dyspnoea and exercise intolerance.
Pectus excavatum (or funnel chest) is a congenital chest wall deformity characterised by concave depression of the sternum, resulting in cosmetic and radiographic alterations.
It is the most common chest wall deformity, accounting for approximately 90% of cases, and occurs in up t...
Pelvic osteotomy relates to an orthopaedic treatment for developmental acetabular dysplasia of the hip.
The main purpose of pelvic osteotomy is the prevention of early degenerative changes by stabilisation of the hip and redistribution of joint loading. It is obtained by surgical reshaping/remo...
PELVIS or LUMBAR syndrome is the combination of pelvic haemangiomas with other extracutaneous abnormalities. The syndrome may be incomplete.
external genital malformations
Pelviureteric junction (PUJ) obstruction/stenosis, also known as ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction/stenosis, can be one of the causes of an obstructive uropathy. It can be congenital or acquired with a congenital PUJ obstruction being one of the commonest causes of antenatal hydronephrosi...
The pentalogy of Cantrell is an extremely rare phenomenon with an incidence estimated at around 6 per million live births 3.
It encompasses the following 5 main features 1.
ectopia cordis (abnormal location of heart)
pericardial defect or sternal cleft
The pentalogy of Fallot is a variant of the more common tetralogy of Fallot, comprising the classical four features with the addition of an atrial septal defect or patent ductus arteriosus The five features therefore are:
ventricular septal defect (VSD)
right ventricular outlfow tract narro...
Pepper syndrome is of interest only (the term is not readily used in day-to-day practice), and refers to primary adrenal neuroblastoma with extensive liver metastases 1. In essence, it refers to stage 4S neuroblastoma (see staging of neuroblastoma).
Pericallosal lipomas are fat-containing lesions occurring in the interhemispheric fissure closely related to the corpus callosum, which is often abnormal. It is the most common location for an intracranial lipoma.
On imaging, they can be identified in two different morphologies: tubulonodular, ...
Perinatal lethal hypophosphatasia (PLH) is the most severe form of hypophosphatasia. If untreated, it is lethal in all cases.
The estimated incidence is at ~1:100,000 live births.
As with all hypophosphatasia cases, this is due to a mutation in chromosome 1q3...
Periosteal reaction in the paediatric population, also known as periostitis in children, is relatively common occurrence and can result from many causes.
The differential diagnosis for multiple bone periostitis include but not limited to the following:
Peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumours (pPNET) tend to be large and aggressive retroperitoneal tumours.
The imaging characteristics of peripheral PNETs are nonspecific. However, they should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a large, aggressive retroperitoneal mass.
Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) or white matter injury of prematurity affecting the periventricular zones, and typically results in cavitation and periventricular cyst formation.
It is important to note that both periventricular and subcortical leukomalacia correspond to a continuous diseas...
One of the methods used for grading of periventricular leukomalacia based on sonographic appearances is as:
grade 1: areas of increased periventricular echogenicity without any cyst formation persisting for more than 7 days
grade 2: the echogenicity has resolved into small periventricular cyst...
Perkin line is a line drawn perpendicular to Hilgenreiner line, intersecting the lateral most aspect of the acetabular roof.
The upper femoral epiphysis should be seen in the inferomedial quadrant: it should lie below Hilgenreiner line, and medial to Perkin line. If the nucleus of the femoral ...
Persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous (PHPV), also known as the persistent fetal vasculature, refers to a rare congenital developmental malformation of the eye.
Clinically, this condition usually manifests as unilateral or bilateral leucocoria. Patients may also have p...
Perthes disease (also referred to as Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease) refers to idiopathic osteonecrosis of the femoral epiphysis seen in children. It should not be confused with Perthes lesion of the shoulder.
It is a diagnosis of exclusion and other causes of osteonecrosis (including sickle cell d...
This is a basic article for medical students and other non-radiologists
Perthes disease is the name given to idiopathic AVN (avascular necrosis) of the femoral epiphysis in children. It most often occurs in children around the age of 5-6 years and is one of the common considerations when childr...
PHACE syndrome, also known as cutaneous haemangioma–vascular complex syndrome or Pascual-Castroviejo type II syndrome, is a phakomatosis that comprises of:
P: posterior fossa malformations (e.g. Dandy-Walker malformation)
A: arterial anomalies
C: coarctation of the aorta and ...
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an inborn error of metabolism resulting from abnormal metabolism of phenylalanine. If untreated, patients can develop central nervous system impairment.
PKU is inherited as an autosomal recessive disorder with an incidence of 1 in 10,000. It is more commo...
Physeal bars are interruptions of the normal growth plate cartilage, due to the formation of a bony or fibrous bridge between the epiphysis and metaphysis. Left untreated, physeal bars can cause abnormal bone angulation or limb length discrepancies.
Physeal bars are not ...
Physeal fractures (also called Salter-Harris fractures) are important childhood fractures that involve the physeal plate. They are relatively common and important to differentiate from other injuries because the involvement of the physis (growth plate) may cause premature closure resulting in li...
Pilocytic astrocytomas, also known as juvenile pilocytic astrocytomas, are low-grade, relatively well-defined astrocytomas that tend to occur in young patients. They are considered WHO grade I tumours in the current (2016) WHO classification of CNS tumours and correspondingly have a relatively g...
Ping pong skull fracture or pond skull fracture refers to a depressed skull fracture of the infant skull caused by inner buckling of the calvarium. It is seen in newborns because of the soft and resilient nature of their bones (like greenstick fractures of long bones) and the fracture line is no...
Pink tetralogy of Fallot refers to a tetralogy of Fallot in which the degree of right ventricular outflow obstruction is minimal, resulting no significant right to left shunt, and therefore no cyanosis. Symptoms are mild and presentation may be delayed, even into adulthood.
Plagiocephaly refers to a type of craniosynostosis in which there is asymmetric premature closure of the coronal and/or lambdoid sutures. It can either involve single or asymmetric multiple sutures. Premature coronal suture closure is associated with the Harlequin eye deformity.
History and ety...
Platyspondyly is a radiographic feature and refers to flattened vertebral bodies throughout the axial skeleton.
Platyspondyly can be feature of many conditions which include:
severe Gaucher disease 1
Pleuropulmonary blastomas (PPB) are a rare, variably aggressive, childhood primary intrathoracic malignancy. In up to 25% of cases, the mass can be extrapulmonary with attachment to the parietal pleura.
PPB is encountered in childhood, mostly in the first years of life (90% in th...
Pneumatosis coli is a descriptive sign presenting radiographically as intramural gas limited to the colonic wall.
There are different terminologies in the medical literature, such as pneumatosis intestinalis, pneumatosis coli, and pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis. Pneumatosis in...
Porencephaly is a rare congenital disorder that results in cystic degeneration and encephalomalacia and the formation of porencephalic cysts. The term is used variably among radiologists with its broadest definition being a cleft or cystic cavity within the brain 9, and its more narrow definitio...
Positional plagiocephaly, also known as deformational plagiocephaly, refers to a calvarial deformation that results from external pressure after birth when an infant is consistently placed in the same position for rest and sleep. It can be marked in very premature infants, whose heads become fla...
Posterior fossa astrocytomas, those arising either from the cerebellum or from the brainstem are most frequently seen in children. Approximately 60% of all paediatric astrocytomas are found in the posterior fossa (20% brainstem, 40% cerebellum).
Many types of astrocytoma are found in the poster...
Posterior urethral valves (PUVs), also referred as congenital obstructing posterior urethral membranes (COPUM), are the most common congenital obstructive lesion of the urethra and a common cause of obstructive uropathy in infancy.
Posterior urethral valves are congenital and only...
The Potter sequence is a constellation of findings demonstrated postnatally as a consequence of severe, prolonged oligohydramnios in utero.
It consists of:
pulmonary hypoplasia: often severe and incompatible with life
growth restriction (IUGR)
abnormal facies (Potter f...
A helpful mnemonic to remember the common clinical features of Potter syndrome:
P: pulmonary hypoplasia
T: twisted skin (wrinkly skin)
T: twisted face (Potter facies: low set ears, retrognathia, hypertelorism)
E: extremity deformities (limb deformities: club hands...
Pott puffy tumour refers to a non-neoplastic complication of acute sinusitis. It is characterised by a primarily subgaleal collection, subperiosteal abscess, and osteomyelitis. It is usually related to the frontal sinus but is sometimes secondary to mastoid pathology.
Rarer aetiologies include ...
A Pott shunt is a form of palliative surgery performed in patients with tetralogy of Fallot prior to the ability to repair the defect. It consists of a shunt formed between the descending thoracic aorta and the left pulmonary artery.
This does not relieve the right ventricular outflow obstructi...
Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a rare genetic disorder. It is the most common cause of obesity caused by a genetic syndrome and is primarily characterised by:
sexual infancy: hypogonadism
there usually morbid obesity resulting from hyperphagia is amplified by decre...
Preauricular sinuses are common congenital abnormalities that are typically small blind-ended openings near the ascending limb of the helix. These can be a simple pit or have a sinus tract and/or cystic component.
They are most common in East Asian populations with an incidence of...
Pre-axial polydactyly refers to polydactyly where the additional digit is towards the first digit of the hand (radial side) or foot (medially).
Pre-axial polydactyly is less common than post-axial polydactyly, with an estimated incidence of 1 in 7000.
Premature closure of a growth plate subsequently results in a shortened bone, which can occur in a number of situations.
juvenile chronic arthritis
juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
Prenatal onset infantile cortical hyperostosis is a rare variant of infantile cortical hyperostosis; however, it is a more severe and lethal form and newborns die early postnatally.
Both sporadic and autosomal recessive inheritance have been suggested.
A missense mutation in gene (C...
Primary ciliary dyskinesia, also known as immotile cilia syndrome, is the result of a congenital defect in the ultrastructure of cilia that renders them incapable of normal movement. It is associated with a number of anatomic and functional abnormalities.
Primary ciliary dyskinesi...
Primitive neuroectodermal tumours (or CNS PNET) were considered aggressive neoplasms of the brain, most frequently encountered in the paediatric population. Importantly, the term no longer appears in the current WHO classification of CNS tumours 11-12.
Please refer to embryonal tumours with mu...
Proteus syndrome is a rare congenital, multisystemic, hamartomatous condition characterised by asymmetrical overgrowth of almost any part of the body and a broad spectrum of manifestations. It can affect tissue from any germinal layer. It is suspected to be a genetic condition, but a particular ...
Proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD) is a congenital partial absence of the proximal end of the femur with shortening of the entire lower limb. The diagnosis and classification have been based mainly on plain radiograph findings. This method does not permit definite classification during the...
A proximal radio-ulnar synostosis is an upper limb skeletal malformation characterised by bony fusion at the proximal aspect of the radius and ulna. Of the radio-ulnar synostoses, the proximal third is considered the most common site.
It is often congenital but can rarely result fol...