Limbus fracture types

Dr Yair Glick and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

Limbus fractures represent bony fractures of the vertebral body rim at the site of attachment of the Sharpey fibers of the intervertebral disc. They should not to be confused with a limbus vertebra. They can be classified as follows:

  • type I: avulsions of the posterior cortical vertebral rim
  • type II: central cortical and cancellous bone fractures
  • type III: lateralized chip fractures
  • type IV: span the entire length and breadth of the posterior vertebral margin between the end plates
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rID: 1583
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Limbus fracture
  • Limbus fractures

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