Tall vertebrae at birth: A radiographic finding in flaccid infants

J. S. Donaldson, V. Gilsanz, G. Gonzalez, R. A. Wittel, F. Gilles

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It has been well documented that children with severe neuromuscular disorders have tall vertebrae, presumably a consequence of altered mechanical forces. This finding was present in four neonates who were born with severe 'floppy' hypotonia due to Werdnig-Hoffmann disease (two cases), nonspecific neonatal myopathy, and congenital muscular dystrophy. Fetal vertebral development is normally modified by intrauterine muscle tension and fetal activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1293-1295
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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