T11-12 posterior ligamentous injury

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon

Presentation

Car accident.

Patient Data

Age: 20
Gender: Male

Lumbar Spine CT

Modality: 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

Modality: 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
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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