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.