Benign and Malignant Vertebral Fractures

  • Anastasia N. Fotiadou
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Vertebral compression fractures are a common clinical problem, particularly in elderly patients. Osteoporosis is the most common cause in this age group. However, malignancy can also be a cause of vertebral collapse in the same age group. The diagnostic challenge is even greater when vertebral fractures are detected in patients with a history of cancer. In all these patients, determining the cause of vertebral collapse is crucial for the management, treatment planning and prognosis. The purpose of this chapter is to analyze the imaging features used to differentiate malignant from benign causes.


Vertebral Fracture Compression Fracture Vertebral Compression Fracture Vertebral Collapse Osteoporotic Compression Fracture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hinchingbrooke Hospital NHS TrustHuntingdonUK

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