Spinal enostoses (bone islands)

D. Resnick, A. A. Nemcek, P. Haghighi

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Spinal enostoses are regarded as rare; they have been reported as present in approximately 1% of all spines. We have identified several patients with spinal enostoses in the thoracic and lumbar vertebral bodies. Therefore, we have initiated a prospective radiographic and pathologic investigation of enostoses, and we report the occurrence of these lesions in 14 of 100 cadavers (14%). The lesions varied in size from 2 x 2 mm to 6 x 10 mm. They were seen on radiographs of the whole specimen and of specimen sections, but only 29% of radiographs obtained prior to the death of the patient demonstrated such findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-376
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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