Single column lumbar spine fracture

Case contributed by Dr Heba Abdelmonem


Motorcycle accident two years ago. Recently describes back pain.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Male

Chronic single anterior-column fracture of the L5 vertebral body, manifested by compression of the superior end-plate with anterior wedging. Intact posterior cortex. No thecal sac compression. Intact posterior neural elements. Mild anterolisthesis of L4 on L5 with positive vacuum sign at L4/5. Multiple age-related anterior osteophytes with aortic calcified plaques.

Case Discussion

A case of a single column fracture of L5, a stable injury.

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Case information

rID: 54074
Published: 30th Jun 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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