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-10 S32.0-S32.1
ICD-9-CM 805
eMedicine article/248236
MeSH D016103
CASH Orthosis.

A spinal fracture, also called a vertebral fracture or a broken back, is a fracture affecting the vertebrae of the spinal column. Types of spinal fracture include vertebral compression fracture and burst fracture, cervical fracture, Jefferson fracture, Hangman's fracture, Flexion teardrop fracture, Clay-shoveler fracture, Chance fracture and Holdsworth fracture.

Vertebral fractures of the thoracic vertebrae and lumbar vertebrae are usually associated with major trauma and can cause spinal cord damage that results in neurological deficit.