Acute schmorl node in dorsal spine: An unusual cause of a sudden onset of severe back pain in a young female

Sara Abu-Ghanem, Nissim Ohana, Yasmin Abu-Ghanem, Mohamed Kittani, Ilan Shelef

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Abstract

Schmorl nodes represent displacement of intervertebral disc tissue into the vertebral body and have been considered as an asymptomatic incidental radiological finding on plain radiographs, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Although uncommon, acute symptomatic Schmorl nodes causing severe back pain do occur. We report here an unusual case of acute painful Schmorl node in a young healthy woman, with no previous trauma, presenting with a sudden significant localized back pain within hours accompanied by characteristic findings on a MRI scan. We reviewed all reports of symptomatic Schmorl nodes known in the literature, focusing mainly on MRI findings, and recent treatment options.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-135
Number of pages5
JournalAsian Spine Journal
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Acute painful schmorl node
  • Intravertebral disc herniation
  • Magnetic resonance imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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