Osteolysis circumscripta evanescans

Alan Cohen, Craig Rooney

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A circumscribed radiolucent skull abnormality was detected on plain radiographs obtained to evaluate minor cranial trauma in a young boy. The lesion disappeared on follow-up X-rays performed later in the day. Analysis of the case revealed that the lesion was an artifact resulting from a superimposed hole in a wooden backboard on which the patient was X-rayed initially. Radiographs shot through a protective backboard may be misleading, and not all abnormalities identified belong to the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-159
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Neurosurgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes



  • artifact
  • head trauma
  • skull X-ray

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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