L-spine - Burst fracture - Lateral

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L-spine - Burst fracture - Lateral

  • Bone fragments of this comminuted L4 vertebral body fracture are posteriorly displaced into the spinal canal
  • The line of the posterior ligament has been compromised - the fracture is therefore considered unstable

L-spine - Burst fracture - AP

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L-spine - Burst fracture - AP

  • There is marked loss of vertebral body height

L-spine - Burst fracture - CT

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L-spine - Burst fracture - CT

  • The CT image demonstrates the amount of spinal canal narrowing compared to a normal patient
  • Narrowing of the spinal canal anywhere at the level of L1 or below risks injury to nerve roots of the cauda equina