lacy appearance

A delicate pattern of a light colour superimposed on a dark background
Imaging A descriptive term for the coarsely trabeculated shadows in long bones in secondary syphilis, which correspond to gumma and syphilitic periostitis—a term also referring to subperiosteal bone resorption and loss of cortical definition; this same pattern has been described in early hyperparathyroidism or chronic osteomyelitis; when marked, bone resorption imparts a ‘scooped-out’ appearance, trabeculation and radiolucency of the medullary cavity
Microbiology A descriptive term for a delicate, filigreed pattern that contaminating fungi impart on a Thayer-Martin—Neisseria—agar plate

lacy appearance

Bone radiology A descriptor for the coarsely trabeculated shadows in long bones in 2º syphilis, which correspond to gumma and syphilitic periostitis; an LA is also seen in early hyperparathyroidism or chronic osteomyelitis; when marked, bone resorption imparts a 'scooped-out' appearance, trabeculation and radiolucency of the medullary cavity. Cf Ground-glass appearance, Veiled appearance.
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