Vertebral compression fracture

Case contributed by Mohammad Osama Hussein Yonso
Diagnosis certain

Presentation

History of injury to left hip and lower back due to fall due to falling from a 2meter height at the workplace, today at the clinical examination: no open wound, tenderness on left hip and lower back.

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Male
x-ray

Lumbar spine X-ray shows decreased height of the T12 (wedging shape) compatible with a compression fracture.

Minimal to mild spondylotic changes are noted.

Case Discussion

A vertebral compression fracture is when a back bone breaks by collapsing.

Most people with a vertebral compression fracture have no symptoms. They find out they have it after their doctor does an X-ray of their chest or belly for another reason.

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