The linear intravertebral vacuum: a sign of benign vertebral collapse.

  title={The linear intravertebral vacuum: a sign of benign vertebral collapse.},
  author={Sanjeev Bhalla and William R. Reinus},
  journal={AJR. American journal of roentgenology},
  volume={170 6},
OBJECTIVE We describe 11 patients with radiographically visible linear intravertebral vacuums to increase awareness of this benign finding that is diagnostic of ischemic necrosis of the vertebral body (Kümmell's disease). MATERIALS AND METHODS We retrospectively reviewed the radiologic and clinical histories of 11 patients seen at our institution between 1991 and 1997 in whom the linear intravertebral vacuum phenomenon had been diagnosed. Imaging included plain radiographs in all patients, CT… CONTINUE READING
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