Spinal Trauma

  • Paolo Tortori-Donati
  • Andrea Rossi
  • Milena Calderone
  • Carla Carollo


The developing spine is an osteo-cartilaginous complex in which the cartilaginous component is prevalent, especially in the first years of life. This confers to the spine a wide degree of motility and deformability and allows efficient absorption of traumatic vectors. As a consequence, vertebral fractures are rare events in the pediatric age group. Overall, pediatric traumas account for only 5%–10% of all spinal traumas in the general population. There are two incidence peaks, i.e., one under 5 years of age with lesions affecting mostly the upper cervical spine, and one after 10 years of age [1] with involvement of the lower cervical and thoracolumbar spine.


Spinal Cord Injury Cervical Spine Vertebral Body Spinal Cord Lesion Burst Fracture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paolo Tortori-Donati
    • 1
  • Andrea Rossi
    • 1
  • Milena Calderone
    • 2
  • Carla Carollo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric NeuroradiologyG. Gaslini Children’s Research HospitalGenoaItaly
  2. 2.Department of NeuroradiologyCivic HospitalPaduaItaly

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