Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 154–156

Vertebral vacuum phenomenon

A radiographic manifestation of metastatic malignancy
  • Stephen I. Schabel
  • Timothy E. Moore
  • Gerald M. Rittenberg
  • John H. Stanley
  • Leighton H. Javid
Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF00364095

Cite this article as:
Schabel, S.I., Moore, T.E., Rittenberg, G.M. et al. Skeletal Radiol. (1979) 4: 154. doi:10.1007/BF00364095

Abstract

Gas lucency within intervertebral disc spaces, the vertebral vacuum phenomenon (VVP) was visible radiographically in 12/42 (28%) women with adenocarcinoma of the breast metastatic to bone. In 7/12 (17%) the VVP occurred adjacent to vertebra involved with metastatic tumor and free of significant degenerative changes. Vertebral collapse occurred in all seven women, but was minimal in some when the VVP was prominent. Metastatic malignancy should be considered along with degenerative disease when the VVP is observed.

Key words

Vertebra, metastatic tumorIntervertebral disc, vacuum phenomenonIntervertebral disc, radiography

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© International Skeletal Society 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen I. Schabel
    • 1
  • Timothy E. Moore
    • 1
  • Gerald M. Rittenberg
    • 1
  • John H. Stanley
    • 1
  • Leighton H. Javid
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA