wedge fracture

wedge fracture

[wej]
Etymology: AS, wecg, peg; L, fractura, break
a fracture of the vertebral body with anterior compression.

wedge fracture

A sharply angled post-traumatic spinal fracture, most common in the thoracic vertebrae in a background of osteoporosis, and often accompanied by anterior wedging. Cf Teardrop fracture.

wedge frac·ture

(wej frak'shŭr)
Compression fracture of the anterior part of a vertebral body, resulting in a wedge shape that is narrower anteriorly.
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This is different from the anterior wedge fracture that occurs most commonly in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis," noted Dr.
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