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ivory vertebral body

single or multiple very dense vertebra:
  • metastases , myeloma
    • sclerotic mets or treated lytic mets
    • preservation of disc space and vertebral body size
  • Paget's disease
    • usually single vertebral body
    • expanded body with thickened cortex and coarsened trabeculation
    • disc space preserved
  • lymphoma
    • preservation of disc space and vertebral body size
  • infection (low grade)eg. TB
    • end plate destruction
    • disc space narrowing
    • paraspinal soft tissue mass
  • hemangioma
  • renal osteodystrophy
  • osteosarcoma
  • osteoporosis with collapse
  • flourosis
  • sickle cell disease
  • osteopetrosis

Ronald D. Kunst, MD  -  6 February 1995
Last updated:  1 October 2013


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