|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 167-168
Vertebral endplates, the anatomically discrete structures of the vertebral column
Vishram Singh, BV Murlimanju, Rajanigandha Vadgaonkar
Department of Anatomy, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
|Date of Submission||01-Sep-2022|
|Date of Acceptance||01-Sep-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||20-Sep-2022|
Dr. B V Murlimanju
Department of Anatomy, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore - 575 004, Karnataka
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Singh V, Murlimanju B V, Vadgaonkar R. Vertebral endplates, the anatomically discrete structures of the vertebral column. J Anat Soc India 2022;71:167-8
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Singh V, Murlimanju B V, Vadgaonkar R. Vertebral endplates, the anatomically discrete structures of the vertebral column. J Anat Soc India [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Sep 30];71:167-8. Available from: https://www.jasi.org.in/text.asp?2022/71/3/167/356486
The vertebral endplates are anatomically discrete structures, which act as the interface between the body of the vertebra and the intervertebral disc. They are comprised of hyaline cartilage and are situated superior and inferior to each of the intervertebral discs. Their function is to offer interlocking mechanically and puts the nucleus pulposus and bulging into the middle part of the vertebra. Vertebral endplates are the hardest part of the intervertebral disc, however, they fail to work once there is fracture of the body of the vertebra. They provide nutrition to the intervertebral disc by offering the nucleus pulposus and annulus fibrosus with the components, which preserve the intervertebral disc, keep them flourishing, and also prevent their degeneration. In a computed tomography (CT)- and cadaveric-based study, many variations of concavity of the upper and lower vertebral endplates and variations due to age were found. However, the dimensions of vertebral endplates can only be measured in the disarticulated fresh cadaveric vertebrae, which may be difficult. The geometric morphological analysis can be done with a goniometer. Huang et al. reported that there is no gender difference in the curvature of the vertebral endplates. Other magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and CT-based studies reported similar craniocaudal differences in the morphometry of the vertebral endplates; however, there are reports available that males have significantly larger geometric dimensions than females., It is also important to understand that the concavity of the vertebral endplates increases linearly with aging and age-related degenerative changes including osteophytes add to the morphological variation. A subanalysis corrected to the variation due to age is likely to remove the confounding due to age-related morphological changes in vertebral endplates. Asymptomatic individual can have age-related degenerative disc changes and intervertebral disc degenerative changes alter the morphology, surface area, and curvature of the vertebral endplates in the sagittal, coronal, and transverse axis. The morphological data of the vertebral endplate can be studied, which will be not only useful in the field of neurosurgery, but are also extrapolated to specialties such as neurology and orthopedics, for the management of neurological and musculoskeletal disorders, which are a frequent cause of outpatient and emergency room visits., The surgical implants should be devised as per the morphometric data of that particular population. Characterizing the morphology of the spine among populations would allow personalizing the conditions under which each individual should be exposed, for example, at work, or also to determine a possible risk factor that explains the presence of a clinical picture in case of an injury at the spine level, thus modifying the decision-making in the clinical approach.
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