Giant Vertebral Notochordal Rest: Magnetic Resonance and Diffusion Weighted Imaging Findings

ÖNER A. Y., Akpek S., Tali T., UÇAR M.

KOREAN JOURNAL OF RADIOLOGY, vol.10, no.3, pp.303-306, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.3348/kjr.2009.10.3.303
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.303-306
  • Keywords: Notochord, Chordoma, Diffusion weighted imaging, Magnetic resonance (MR), CHORDOMA, DISTINCT, ENTITY
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


A giant vertebral notochordal rest is a newly described, benign entity that is easily confused with a vertebral chordoma. As microscopic notochordal rests are rarely found in adult autopsies, the finding of a macroscopic vertebral lesion is a new entity with only seven previously presented cases. We report here radiological findings, including diffusion weighted images, of a patient with a giant notochordal remnant confined to the L5 vertebra, with an emphasis on its distinction from a chordoma.