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hemangioma of vertebrae

  • cavernous type commonly found

  • 10% in autopsy series with the vast majority being small, asymptomatic and unable to be seen on plain films

  • most often in lumbar region and singular
  • complications: compression fractures (occ. with cord compression), chronic hemorrhage -> blockage of spinal canal

  • slight loss of density of vertebral body
  • vertically striped orientation of bone trabeculae ("corduroy cloth") which may extend into the pedicle
  • occ. with posterior bulging
  • cortical margins usually intact

see also: hemangioma of bone

Brian Funaki, MD  -  6 February 1995
Last updated:  1 October 2013


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