Vertebra plana

Last revised by Henry Knipe on 9 Jan 2024

Vertebra plana (plural: vertebrae planae), also known as the pancakesilver dollar or coin-on-edge vertebra, is the term given when a vertebral body has lost almost its entire height anteriorly and posteriorly, representing a very advanced compression fracture.


It can occur in a variety of settings, including:

In pediatric population, vertebra plana is generally due to:

There are a number of mnemonics for the causes of vertebra plana.

See also

  • platyspondyly: flattened vertebral bodies throughout the entire skeleton

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