Coccygeal fracture

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Coccygeal fractures can be diagnostically challenging, often with a delayed or missed diagnosis, due to coccygeal anatomy, patient factors (e.g. obesity, overlying bowel gas/feces) and technical factors. 

Generally performing radiographs for sacrococcygeal fractures is a waste of resources and exposes patients to unnecessary ionizing radiation. In one recent American study, they had no measurable impact on clinical outcome 1.

Coccygeal fractures in younger adults tend to be after high-energy trauma and in elderly patients can be insufficiency-type fractures 1

Coccygeal fractures can be classified using the AO classification of sacral injuries

Most coccygeal fractures have a transverse orientation 2.

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  • Coccyx fracture

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