Spinal fractures

Last revised by Dr Dai Roberts on 27 Dec 2021

Spinal fractures are usually the result of significant trauma to a normally formed skeleton or the result of trauma to a weakened spinal column. Examples include:

Further information about specific fractures can be found by anatomic site:

Differential diagnoses

These may mimic a fracture

See also

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: burst fracture
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  • Case 2: Jefferson fracture
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  • Case 3: dens fracture
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  • Case 4: chance fracture
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  • Case 5: spinal fracture and dislocation
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  • Case 6
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