Vertebral collapse is not an uncommon finding post mortem, present in 20%–30% of autopsies when sought (Fornasier and Czitrom 1978; Sartoris et al. 1986) and may be due to many aetiologies. In general, collapse of the anterior structures of the vertebral body is due either to infection or neoplasms, usually metastatic, or to a more generalized process causing osteopenia, e.g. metabolic or inflammatory disorders. In these conditions minor trauma may finally precipitate vertebral fracture. Involvement of the posterior vertebral structures by infection (Roberts 1988) or neoplasia is uncommon as metastatic disease usually involves the vascular tufts just deep to the end plate (Waldvogel et al. 1970).
KeywordsThoracic Spine Metabolic Bone Disease Spinal Tuberculosis Vertebral Collapse Vertebral Osteomyelitis
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