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Indian J Nucl Med. 2012 Jan;27(1):59-62. doi: 10.4103/0972-3919.108880.

Skeletal scintigraphy manifestations of hematologic disorders.

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Nuclear Medicine Services, Kothrud, Pune, Maharashtra, India.


Skeletal manifestations are common in hematologic disorders. Benign entities such as Sickle cell disease develop microvascular embolization causing skeletal crisis. Leukemia, acute myeloblastic or lymphoblastic may develop bone marrow infarcts. Compromised immunity makes them susceptible to secondary infection leading to osteomyelitis or septic arthritis. Exposure to steroids may lead to osteonecrosis in these cases. Presented here is an atlas of various scintigraphic skeletal manifestations encountered over the past 10 years, in hematologic disorders.


Acute myeloid leukemia; Sickle cell anemia; bone infarct; bone scan; chronic myeloid leukemia; osteonecrosis

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