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Vol 75, No 1 (2016)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2015-09-03
Submitted: 2015-03-24
Accepted: 2015-04-15
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Butterfly vertebra. A case report and a short review of the literature

S. Kapetanakis, E. Giovannopoulou, E. Nastoulis, T. Demetriou
DOI: 10.5603/FM.a2015.0066
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Pubmed: 26365862
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Folia Morphol 2016;75(1):117-121.

open access

Vol 75, No 1 (2016)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2015-09-03
Submitted: 2015-03-24
Accepted: 2015-04-15

Abstract

A butterfly vertebra is a rare congenital anomaly, encountered as isolated finding or as part of syndromic diseases. We report a case of a 40-year- old female presenting with low back pain and sciatica due to ‘butterfly’ dysplasia of the first sacral vertebra. This novel case includes posterolateral displacement of the completely separated hemivertebrae, causing left lateral recess stenosis and compression of S1 nerve root. Additionally, we conducted a short review of the literature. Few cases are reported in literature. Only one refers to a sacral vertebra. There is no previous case of a butterfly vertebra that accounts for narrowing of the lateral recess and associated radiculopathy

Abstract

A butterfly vertebra is a rare congenital anomaly, encountered as isolated finding or as part of syndromic diseases. We report a case of a 40-year- old female presenting with low back pain and sciatica due to ‘butterfly’ dysplasia of the first sacral vertebra. This novel case includes posterolateral displacement of the completely separated hemivertebrae, causing left lateral recess stenosis and compression of S1 nerve root. Additionally, we conducted a short review of the literature. Few cases are reported in literature. Only one refers to a sacral vertebra. There is no previous case of a butterfly vertebra that accounts for narrowing of the lateral recess and associated radiculopathy

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Keywords

congenital sacral anomalies, sagittal cleft vertebra, sciatica, low back pain

About this article
Title

Butterfly vertebra. A case report and a short review of the literature

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 75, No 1 (2016)

Pages

117-121

Published online

2015-09-03

DOI

10.5603/FM.a2015.0066

Pubmed

26365862

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2016;75(1):117-121.

Keywords

congenital sacral anomalies
sagittal cleft vertebra
sciatica
low back pain

Authors

S. Kapetanakis
E. Giovannopoulou
E. Nastoulis
T. Demetriou

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