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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 55-58

Osteopetrosis: Radiological & Radionuclide Imaging

1 School of Medicine, King's College London, United Kingdom
2 Department of Nuclear Medicine, Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom

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Cherry Sit
School of Medicine, King's College London, London
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-3919.147544

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Osteopetrosis is a rare inherited bone disease where bones harden and become abnormally dense. While the diagnosis is clinical, it also greatly relies on appearance of the skeleton radiographically. X-ray, radionuclide bone scintigraphy and magnetic resonance imaging have been reported to identify characteristics of osteopetrosis. We present an interesting case of a 59-year-old man with a history of bilateral hip fractures. He underwent 99m Tc-methylene diphosphonate whole body scan supplemented with single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography of spine, which showed increased uptake in the humeri, tibiae and femora, which were in keeping with osteopetrosis.

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