, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 163-168

Vertebral involvement in SAPHO syndrome: MRI findings

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Abstract 

We report on the MRI findings in the vertebrae and surrounding soft tissues in two patients with the SAPHO syndrome (Synovitis, Acne, Pustulosis, Hyperostosis, Osteitis). The MRI findings include abnormal bone marrow signal, either focal or diffuse, of the vertebral bodies and posterior elements; hyperintense paravertebral soft tissue swelling and abnormal signal of the intervertebral discs. These changes are consistent with discitis and osteitis.

Received: 27 July 1998 Revision requested: 14 October 1998 Revision received: 23 November 1998 Accepted: 24 November 1998