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butterfly vertebrae

Wednesday 22 February 2012

Butterfly vertebrae have a cleft through the body of the vertebrae and a funnel shape at the ends.

This gives the appearance of a butterfly on an x-rayIt is caused by persistence of the notochord (which usually only remains as the center of the intervertebral disc) during vertebrae formation.