Spinal fracture

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Spinal fracture
L1 2 vertebral fracture.jpg
Lateral spine X-ray showing osteoporotic wedge fractures of L1/2.
Classification and external resources
ICD-9 805
eMedicine article/248236
MeSH D016103

A spinal fracture (vertebral fracture, compression fracture or burst fracture) is a fracture affecting the bones of the spinal column.

They can affect the cervical vertebrae (a cervical fracture), or other parts of the column. Vertebral fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine are usually associated with major trauma and can cause spinal cord damage that results in neural deficit.