Vertebral metastasis (hepatocellular carcinoma)

Case contributed by Dr Varun Babu


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Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Male

Collapse of D8 vertebral body with convex posterior verterbal margin retropulsed and impinging on ventral thecal sac, compressing dorsal cord. Signal change also seen in left 8th rib head. T1 hypointense, T2 and STIR heterogeneously hyperintense with associated left paravertebral soft tissue component. No other dorsal vertebral lesions. 

Case Discussion

Collapse of the vertebral body needs to be distinguished from benign degenerative collapse. The concave posterior margin of the vertebra as it retropulses into the canal and the presence of associated soft tissue component favors pathological fracture. In a known case of hepatocellular carcinoma, findings are consistent with secondary deposit. 

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Case information

rID: 55584
Published: 15th Sep 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Vivid Diagnostic Centre

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