Benign Versus Malignant Vertebral Fractures

  • Lia Angela MoulopoulosEmail author
  • Vassilis Koutoulidis


Establishing whether the cause of an acute vertebral compression fracture (VCF) is benign or malignant has important clinical implications and can often be challenging. This is especially true in elderly patients who are prone to develop osteoporosis-related fractures but are also more likely to carry an undiagnosed malignancy, as well as in cancer patients with no known bone metastases who present with an acute VCF. Traumatic vertebral fractures, which do not pose a differential diagnosis problem, will not be addressed in this chapter.


Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Vertebral Fracture Standardize Uptake Value Vertebral Compression Fracture Standardize Uptake Value Measurement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.1st Department of RadiologyUniversity of Athens School of MedicineAthensGreece

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