Different findings in Tc-99m MDP bone scintigraphy of patients with sickle cell disease: report of three cases

Cerci S. S. , Suslu H., Cerci C., Yildiz M. , Ozbek F. M. , Balci T. A. , ...More

ANNALS OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE, vol.21, no.5, pp.311-314, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12149-007-0025-z
  • Page Numbers: pp.311-314


Objective Sickle cell anemia is an inherited disorder caused by abnormal hemoglobin, the S hemoglobin. Although vaso-occlusive crises can occur virtually in any organ, they are particularly common in the bony skeleton of affected patients. Bone marrow necrosis, bone infarcts, osteomyelitis, and aseptic necrosis are common complications in patients with sickle cell disease. Beside these abnormalities of the skeletal system, diffuse micro or macro calcification resulting from both splenic infarction and repeated vaso-occlusive episodes in the kidneys can be shown by technetium-99m methylenediphosphonate (Tc-99m MDP) bone scintigraphy. We present here the different osseous and extraosseous abnormalities noted on bone scintigraphies of three patients with sickle cell anemia.