Persistence of the notochordal canal: MR and plain film appearance

Lucy R. Christopherson, Barry M. Rabin*, Danial K. Hallam, Eric J. Russell

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We report a case of an unusually prominent persistent notochordal canal involving the T12-L5 vertebrae. This rare anatomic variation was discovered as an incidental finding in a patient with lymphoma undergoing MR imaging for evaluation of back pain. MR images showed a vertically oriented canal contiguous with the intervertebral disks traversing the anterior aspect of each affected vertebral body. Plain films showed a sclerotic rimmed central channel that flared at each vertebral end-plate to merge with the disk spaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-36
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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