compression fracturemedical dictionary

<orthopaedics> A spinal fracture, more specifically, of a vertebral body, that results from the axial compression of the vertebra.

Compression fractions result in a loss of height of the vertebral body on X-ray. May occur in any region of the spine. Compression fractures occur commonly in post-menopausal females who subject to osteoporosis.

(05 Jan 1998)