Bamboo spine | definition of bamboo spine by Medical dictionary
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in radiology, the appearance of the thoracic or lumbar spine with ankylosing spondylitis.
Etymology: Malay, bambu
A term referring to the universal syndesmophytosis that may be associated with osteoporosis and bony ankylosis, a finding typical of ankylosing spondylitis
(in radiology) the appearance of the thoracic or lumbar spine with rigid characteristics of advanced ankylosing spondylitis. Also called poker spine
. See also ankylosing spondylitis
bam·boo spine (bam-bū' spīn)
radiology The appearance of the thoracic or lumbar spine in ankylosing spondylitis.
ankylosing spondylitis a progressive inflammatory condition affecting the spine and sacroiliac joints, occurring most commonly in young men. Characterized in its later stages by ossification of the spinal ligaments and ankylosis (fixation) of the sacroiliac joints. aka bamboo spine .