T11-12 posterior ligamentous injury

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


Car accident.

Patient Data

Age: 20
Gender: Male

Lumbar Spine CT

Subtle superior end plate compression fracture at T12 with associated widening of the T11-12 interspinous distance suggesting posterior ligamentous disruption. 


Thoracic Spine MRI

MRI confirms the T12 vertebral body fracture and also suggests microtrabecular fracture of the T11 vertebral body. There is complete rupture of the T11-12 ligamentum flavum, interspinous and supraspinous ligaments. 

Case Discussion

Complete tear of the T11-12 posterior ligamentous complex in association with vertebral body fractures. The normal and torn appearances of the ligamentum flavum and supraspinous ligament are well appreciated in this patient.  

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Case information

rID: 32144
Case created: 16th Nov 2014
Last edited: 26th Apr 2017
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