Refers to a bony growth originating inside a ligament, commonly seen in the ligaments of the spine.

The ligaments in the intervertebral joints lead to fusion of vertebrae.

Pathologically similar to osteophytes.

Ankylosing spondylitis patients are particularly prone to developing syndesmophytes.

Commonly seen in patients who have had back surgery or other chronic stresses on the ligaments of their spine.

Indicates spinal destruction bridging across the joint as compared to osteophytes which are non-bridging.

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