Mass effect in the thoracic spine from remnant bone wax: An MR imaging pitfall

J. M. Stein, C. J. Eskey, Alexander C. Mamourian

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Abstract

Bone wax used in neurosurgical procedures is a rare cause of complications after surgery. We present a patient who developed paraplegia following thoracic spine surgery. A subsequent MR imaging study demonstrated a signal void that resembled postoperative air but appeared to cause cord compression and proved after a second surgery to represent bone wax. Recognizing the MR imaging and CT characteristics of bone wax is important to prevent mistaking it for residual air in postoperative imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)844-846
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology

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