What’s your Diagnosis?

In this feature, AAOS Now publishes a series of images, challenging readers to diagnose the condition depicted. The images for this month’s challenge were submitted by John M. Purvis, MD, who provided the following information:

The patient is a 14-year-old healthy girl who was seen for mild idiopathic scoliosis. A standing lateral radiograph was taken and revealed an abnormality of the T-12 vertebra (Fig. A). The patient, however, had no symptoms of back pain, fever, or systemic illness. What is the cause of this “vertebra plana?”

Do you have a challenging case you’d like to submit for publication? Email a short case description and any accompanying images to aaoscomm@aaos.org

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