Acute Schmörl node

Case contributed by Dr Hani Salam


Acute upper back pain.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Male

Very subtle intervertebral disc calcifications are seen.


Intervertebral disc calcifications are seen with interruption of the continuity of the superior endplates.


T1 showed reduced bone marrow signal intensity of the vertebral body which appears bright on STIR images in-keeping with bone marrow edema. Disc calcification with superior end-plate herniation (Schmörl node) and to a lesser extent the inferior end plate. Findings in keeping with acute Schmörl node. 

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Case information

rID: 29618
Published: 1st Jul 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Tag: spine
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