fracture of the spine

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fracture of the spine

Fracture of a vertebral body or its bony prominences. Synonym: vertebral fracture See: burst fracture; compression fracture; hangman's fracture; Jefferson fracture


The patient is carefully assessed for evidence of neuromuscular compromise and other internal injuries. To prevent complications and promote healing, vests, casts, or halo devices may be used, depending on the location of the fracture. A program of supervised physical therapy may be needed during recovery.


Prognosis depends on the type of spinal fracture and associated spinal cord involvement.

See also: fracture
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