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Intervertebral disc degeneration can predispose to anterior vertebral fractures in the thoracolumbar spine.

Authors
  • Adams, Michael A
  • Pollintine, Phillip
  • Tobias, Jon H
  • Wakley, Glenn K
  • Dolan, Patricia
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2006
Volume
21
Issue
9
Pages
1409–1416
Identifiers
PMID: 16939399
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Disc degeneration transfers compressive load bearing from the anterior vertebral body to the neural arch in upright postures, reducing BMD and trabecular architecture anteriorly. This predisposes to anterior fracture when the spine is flexed.

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