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CASE REPORT
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 59-61

Unusual cause of dorsal compressive myelopathy - Double butterfly vertebra mimicking vertebral fracture


Department of Neurosurgery, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Bhagavatula Indira Devi
Department of Neurosurgery , NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/joss.joss_3_21

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Structural developmental anomalies affecting the vertebral column resulting in malformed vertebrae are numerous. It can arise secondary to errors of vertebral formation, fusion and/or segmentation and developmental variation. These anomalies can occasionally mimic acute trauma and predispose the affected individual to compressive myelopathy. A butterfly vertebrae is a rare form of congenital vertebral segmentation anomaly resulting from symmetric fusion defect. It can easily be confused with burst fracture, hence though rare, we should be aware of this anomaly for a correct diagnosis while treating a patient.


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