Kümmell's disease


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Kümmell's disease

 [kēm´elz]
compression fracture of a vertebra, with symptoms occurring a few weeks after injury, including spinal pain, intercostal neuralgia, motor disturbances of the lower limbs, and kyphosis that is painful on pressure and easily reduced by extension. Called also Kümmell's or post-traumatic spondylitis.

Kümmell's disease

[kim′əlz]
Etymology: Hermann Kümmell, German surgeon, 1852-1937; L, dis + Fr, aise, ease
a set of symptoms that develop after a compression fracture of the vertebrae with spinal injury. They include spinal pain, intercostal neuralgia, kyphosis, and weakness in the legs. Also called Kümmell's spondylitis, posttraumatic spondylitis, traumatic spondylopathy.
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