Lumbar burst fracture

Background

  • Unstable
  • Can occur with or without injury to posterior elements (posterior involvement increases risk for neuro deficits)
  • Be certain not to mistakenly call a burst fracture a wedge fracture

Clinical Features

Differential Diagnosis

Lower Back Pain

Workup

  • Obtain CT if unsure (vs. wedge)

Management

Disposition

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