Burst fracture - L1

Case contributed by Bahman Rasuli
Diagnosis certain


Fall from height.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Male

Burst fracture of L1 vertebrae with retropulsed fragment, which narrows the central canal causing local spinal cord compression. 

Case Discussion

Burst fractures are a type of compression fracture related to high-energy axial loading spinal trauma that results in disruption of a vertebral body endplate and the posterior vertebral body cortex. Retropulsion of posterior cortex fragments into the spinal canal is frequently included in the definition.

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