H-shaped vertebra

Case contributed by Dr Varun Babu

Presentation

Known patient of sickle cell anemia.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Female
MRI

Central end plate depressions seen in thoracic and lumbar spine giving the resemblance of an H shaped vertebra. 

Case Discussion

Central end plate depressions in young adults tend to occur due to microvascular infarctions and is typically associated with sickle cell anemia. The appearance of the vertebra gives it the name H shaped vertebra.

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Case information

rID: 58925
Published: 13th Mar 2018
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Vivid Diagnostic Centre

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