rugger jersey spine appearance
ENDOCRINOLOGY, IMAGING, ORTHOPAEDICS
A descriptive term for osteosclerosis which is most marked in the vertebral end plates adjacent to joint spaces, a finding which has been fancifully likened to the classic design of a rugger (rugby in the USA) jersey (top image).
It has been described in secondary hyperparathyroidism–renal osteodystrophy, renal tubular disease–e.g., Fanconi syndrome, renal
tubular acidosis, vitamin-D-resistant rickets, chronic glomerulonephritis, diabetes, hypertension and in osteopetrosis type 2–OPTA2, aka autosomal dominant Albers-Schonberg disease, which is characterised by end-plate thickening.
Synonym Rugby jersey spine appearance