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What does a fracture of the thoracic spine vertebral really mean?

What does a fracture of the thoracic spine vertebral really mean?

Crushing or cracking: The most common is a crushing of the part of the bone in front. The bone partially collapses, and height is lost. Occasionally bone is pushed up against the spinal cord; if there is numbness, tingling, weakness in the legs should be evaluated by a specialist. There can also be minor breaks in other parts of the bone that usually heal without problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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I need some expert advice on thoracic spine fracture t4-endplate?

I need some expert advice on thoracic spine fracture t4-endplate?

T4 endplate fracture: Usually this is due to some type of compressive force, often mionr if associated with osteoporosis. Most heal within 6-12 weeks, and sometime bracing may not be necessary. I would recommend having a ct or MRI of the region to rule out any other pathologies that weaken bone, if the fracture occured with minor trauma. ...Read more

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When u have a mri of the thoracic spine, does it go as far as the shoulder, scapular area or just the vertebrae?

When u have a mri of the thoracic spine, does it go as far as the shoulder, scapular area or just the vertebrae?

Just the spine: The MRI is usually restricted to the spine and immediately surrounding tissue. Ordinarily it would not show the shoulder unless that was requested on the order. In addition, different MRI sequences are used for the shoulder. These different sequences show the tissues in different ways. So, in order to evaluate a shoulder, it really is necessary to get a dedicated shoulder MRI. ...Read more

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I am curious if the term "unremarkable" in this xray is good or bad? Above normal ? Also any other impressions from this ? Findings: the thoracic vertebral bodies are unremarkable in height and alignment. There is no verterbral body fracture or significan

I am curious if the term "unremarkable" in this xray is good or bad? Above normal ?
Also any other impressions from this ? Findings: the thoracic vertebral bodies are unremarkable in height and alignment. There is no verterbral body fracture or significan

Good: Since a radiologist or other physician reading an x-ray would be remiss if he/she didn't "remark" on any abnormality, if a study or area is unremarkable it can be considered lacking abnormalities. The reading you referenced reads normal height and alignment of the thoracic vertebrae. That is a good thing. ...Read more

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Fractured vertebrae in the thoracic vertebrae, can this be fixed?

Yes: Depending on the type of fracture. It may or may not require surgical intervention. See an orthopedic spine specialist. ...Read more

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Physio pressed on thoracic vertebral fracture causing immediate wheezing. Why would this cause this? (fracture not dx until later)

Hard to say: Wheezing is usually in some way related to reactive airway disease of one form or another. Pressure placed on the posterior aspect of the thorax could cause air to be expelled from the pulmonary cavity and could, in theory, make the wheezing more apparent. It is possible, especially if you have osteoporosis, that the fracture occurred at that moment as well. ...Read more

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This is my X-ray diagnostic "no focal bone lesion, thoracic vertebral body compression fracture, degenerative bony lipping or disc height loss is see?

This is my X-ray diagnostic "no focal bone lesion, thoracic vertebral body compression fracture, degenerative bony lipping or disc height loss is see?

That is normal: The radiologist when they read a film will often say what they don't see to show that they looked for it. A focal bone lesion is a tumor or fracture. A compression fracture is a fracture from trauma or osteoporosis. Disc loss height and degenerative body spurs are signs of arthritis. So what you quote here is the radiologist saying that they do not see any of that. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more