Transverse process fracture

Dr Jeremy Jones and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Transverse process fractures are a common sequelae of trauma, although they are considered a minor and stable lumbar spine fracture. There is strong association between transverse process fractures and other traumatic injuries.

Pathology

 Transverse process fracture most commonly occur in the upper lumbar spine and are commonly multiple 2. The fracture line can extend into the transverse foramen, and in the cervical spine there is a risk of complicating vertebral artery dissection.

Aetiology
Associations

Although a minor injury to the lumbar spine, transverse process fractures require major force:

Radiographic features

CT is the modality of choice. Up to 60% of lumbar transverse process fractures identified on CT will be missed on plain radiographs 1.


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