Burst fracture

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard
X-ray

Single lateral view of the thoracolumbar junction demonstrates a burst fracture of what appears to be L1. 

CT

CT confirms the presence of a burst fracture with retropulsion of the upper half of the vertebra and significant loss of height particularly anteriorly. 

MRI

Burst fracture with retropulsed fragment, which narrows the central canal. No abnormal spinal cord signal. 

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Case information

rID: 5274
Published: 29th Dec 2008
Last edited: 6th Jun 2019
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