Burst fracture and Schmorl node after fall from height

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Fall from height a week ago.

Patient Data

Age: 78
Gender: Female

CT Lumbar spine

Burst fracture L1. 

Case Discussion

Burst fracture occurs when vertebral body is severely compressed. Normally on several trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident or a fall from a height. With a great deal of force vertically onto the spine, a vertebra may be crushed.

Schmorl nodes refer to protrusions of the cartilage of the intervertebral disc through the vertebral body endplate and into the adjacent vertebra.

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Case information

rID: 17269
Case created: 30th Mar 2012
Last edited: 20th Mar 2017
Tag: spine
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