Spinal compression fracture - L1

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio

Presentation

Fall from height a week ago.

Patient Data

Age: 78
Gender: Female
CT

CT Lumbar spine

Burst fracture L1. Schmorl node on L4 lower plate, likely chronic. 

Case Discussion

The L1 compression fracture in this elderly patient is presumably osteoporotic related, given the history of a low energy mechanism. 

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
Published: 30th Mar 2012
Last edited: 15th Apr 2018
Tag: spine
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