Diagnosis of subtle thoracolumbar burst fractures: A new radiographic sign

Brian J. McGrory, Russel S. Vanderwilde, Bradford L. Currier, Frank J. Eismont

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Abstract

A previously undescribed radiographic sign, the posterior vertebral body angle is successful in distinguishing subtle burst type fractures from compression fractures of the thoracolumbar spine. Correct diagnosis is imperative for proper treatment and accurate prognosis. When positive, this sign will alert the orthopaedist so that further diagnostic testing with computed tomography or sagittal tomograms may be performed. The sensitivity of this sign in diagnosing subtle burst type injuries is 75%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2282-2285
Number of pages4
JournalSPINE
Volume18
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1993

Keywords

  • burst
  • diagnosis
  • fracture
  • radiographic sign
  • spine
  • thoracolumbar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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