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are protrusions of the cartilage of the intervertebral disc through the vertebral body endplate and into the adjacent vertebra. The protrusions may contact the marrow of the vertebra, leading to inflammation.
It is believed that Schmorl's nodes develop following back trauma, although this is incompletely understood. They may or may not be symptomatic, and their etiological significance for back pain is controversial. Schmorl's nodes are found in 40 - 75% of autopsies.
A limbus vertebra is closely related to a Schmorl node.
Schmorl's nodes are named for German pathologist Christian G. Schmorl (1861-1932)