Superficial Siderosis of the Spine: What to look for

Superficial Siderosis of the Spine MRI Findings

What is it?

Superficial siderosis is due to the chronic deposition of hemosiderin in the subpial layer of the brain and spine.

Why does it occur?

Its due to chronic, low grade bleeding and only uncommonly due to an acute subarachnoid hemorrhage. The cause can be difficult to determine but often patients have had trauma or trans dural surgery with resultant chronic low grade bleeding from those sites. Vascular malformations and rarely patients on long term warfrin with poor control can result in superficial siderosis. There is also an association with spinal epidural cysts whci are thought to result from a tear in the dura.

What to look for on MRI?

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Upcoming MRI Workshops ( click on blue links for programme and information:

Kuala Lumpur August 5-6th: Spine, Cord and SIJ Workstation Workshop

Manila August 26-27: MSK MRI Workstation Workshop ( Sold Out)

Jakarta September 16-17th: MSK MRI Workstation Workshop Hip, Knee and Shoulder

Abu Dhabi October 27-28: MSK MRI Workstation Workshop Hip, Knee and Shoulder

Kuala Lumpur November 4-5: MSK MRI Workstation Workshop Shoulder, Elbow, Hand/Wrist

Manila November 25-26: MSK MRI Workstation Workshop( Hip, Knee, Shoulder)

Abu Dhabi December 1-2:  Spine, Cord and SIJ Workstation Workshop

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July 19, 2017