bamboo spine


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Related to bamboo spine: ankylosing spondylitis

bam·boo spine

in radiology, the appearance of the thoracic or lumbar spine with ankylosing spondylitis.

bamboo spine

[bambo̅o̅′]
Etymology: Malay, bambu
(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.
A term referring to the universal syndesmophytosis that may be associated with osteoporosis and bony ankylosis, a finding typical of ankylosing spondylitis

bam·boo spine

(bam-bū' spīn)
radiology The appearance of the thoracic or lumbar spine in ankylosing spondylitis.