Genant classification of vertebral fractures

Last revised by Dr Adam Eid Ramsey, MD on 30 Sep 2019

The Genant classification of vertebral fractures is based on the vertebral shape, with respect to vertebral height loss involving the anterior, posterior, and/or middle vertebral body.

  • grade 0: normal
  • grade 1: mild fracture, <25% loss of height
  • grade 2: moderate fracture, 25% to 40% loss of height
  • grade 3: severe fracture, >40% loss of height

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Cases and figures

  • Vertebral body compression fracture
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