Vertebral burst fracture

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Fell from a significant height.

Patient Data

Age: 55
Gender: Male

CT Lumbar spine

Burst fracture of the L2 vertebral body characterized by multiple fragmentations, diffuse loss of the vertebral height, retropulsion of fragments in the spinal canal (stenosis around 50%). There is also a fragment corroborating to he right L2/3 foramen stenosis. 

Tiny fracture lines are also observed in the posterior arch of L2 and in the right transverse process of L3. 

There is spondylolysis of L5 associated with mild (grade I) spondlyolisthesis. 

Case Discussion

This is a typical case of burst fracture after a history of fall from height. There is also in this case spondylolysis of L5 associated with mild (grade I) spondylolisthesis


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Case information

rID: 40091
Published: 7th Oct 2015
Last edited: 27th Nov 2020
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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