Flexion teardrop fracture

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Flexion teardrop fracture
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Teardrop fracture of the cervical spine before and after treatment with metal fixation

A flexion teardrop fracture is a fracture of the anteroinferior aspect of a cervical vertebral body due to flexion of the spine along with vertical axial compression.[1] A teardrop fracture is usually associated with a spinal cord injury, often a result of displacement of the posterior portion of the vertebral body into the spinal canal.[2]


  1. ^ eMedicine > Fracture, Cervical Spine By Moira Davenport. Updated: Apr 30, 2010
  2. ^ Brant W, Helms C. "Fundamentals of Diagnostic Radiology" (Third Edition): 1110.