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Compression fracture

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Compression fracture

(Science: orthopaedics) a spinal fracture, more specifically, of a vertebral body, that results from the axial compression of the vertebra.

compression fractions result in a loss of height of the vertebral body on x-ray. May occur in any region of the spine. Compression fractures occur commonly in post-menopausal females who subject to osteoporosis.