Sarcoidosis of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, mimicking metastasis or multifocal osteomyelitis by MRI: case report

Maria P. Valencia, Pamela M. Deaver, Marisa C. Mammarappallil

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Sarcoidosis is a notoriously protean disease, but vertebral involvement is a rare entity. This is a case report of biopsy-proven thoracic and lumbar vertebral sarcoidosis in a 48-year-old Hispanic female with low back pain. Although this patient had normal plain films and computed tomography of the spine, her disease was first visualized by magnetic resonance imaging. The imaging findings were nonspecific, and the initial impression was hematopoietic malignancy vs disseminated infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-481
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2009



  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Vertebral lesions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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