European Radiology

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 575–579 | Cite as

MR imaging of tuberculous vertebral osteomyelitis: pictorial review

  • A. D. Gouliamos
  • Dimitrios T. Kehagias
  • Stephanos Lahanis
  • Alexandra A. Athanassopoulou
  • Evangelia S. Moulopoulou
  • Angelos A. Kalovidouris
  • Stamatis J. Trakadas
  • Lambros J. Vlahos
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Abstract

Vertebral osteomyelitis is one of the most common manifestations of tuberculosis. Magnetic resonance imaging is considered the main imaging modality for the diagnosis, the demonstration of the extent of the disease, and follow-up studies. Vertebral destruction involving two consecutive levels with sparing of the intervertebral disc, disc herniation into the vertebral body, epidural involvement, and paraspinal abscess are the most common MRI findings suggestive of tuberculous vertebral osteomyelitis.

Key words MR imaging Spinal diagnosis Tuberculosis 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. D. Gouliamos
    • 1
  • Dimitrios T. Kehagias
    • 1
  • Stephanos Lahanis
    • 1
  • Alexandra A. Athanassopoulou
    • 2
  • Evangelia S. Moulopoulou
    • 1
  • Angelos A. Kalovidouris
    • 1
  • Stamatis J. Trakadas
    • 1
  • Lambros J. Vlahos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, CT-MRI Unit, “Areteion” Hospital, University of Athens, Medical School, 76 Vas. Sophias Ave., 115 28 Athens, Greece e-mail: gouliam@attglobal.net Tel.: + 30-1-7 28 62 69 Fax: + 30-1-8 96 15 00GR
  2. 2.Department of Radiology, Asklipiion Hospital, Voula, 16673 Athens, GreeceGR

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