dowager's hump


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hump

 [hump]
a rounded eminence; called also gibbus.
dowager's hump popular name for dorsal kyphosis caused by multiple wedge fractures of the thoracic vertebrae seen in osteoporosis.

dowager's hump

(dou′ə-jərz)
n.
An abnormal curvature of the spine that is primarily manifested as a rounded hump in the upper back and that typically affects older women. The curvature is the result of collapse of the spinal column caused by osteoporosis.

dowager's hump

[dow′ijərz]
an abnormal backward curvature of the cervical spine as a result of compression fractures of osteoporosis. Though it may occur at any age, it is most common in elderly women.

dowager's hump

(dow′ă-jerz)
Cervical lordosis with dorsal kyphosis due to slow loss of bone (i.e., osteoporosis). This may occur at any age but is seen most commonly in elderly women.
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Her rounded back, sometimes referred to as dowager's hump, probably comes from multiple compression fractures in her vertebrae.
My mother was only 72 and then, just eight years ago, osteoporosis was seldom discussed, rarely diagnosed and usually attributed to old women with a so-called dowager's hump.
The osteopath added: "In older women you see a condition called Dowager's Hump - a fatty lump which makes your posture even more rounded.
Those who break their spine can often end up with a painful upper-back deformity called Dowager's Hump.