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January 18, 2011

In assessing an osteoporotic patient for vertebral fractures, don’t overlook the vertebral endplates and the state of the intervertebral disks.

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Injury to the Vertebral Endplate-Disk Complex Associated with Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression FracturesAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology | Jan 1, 2011 (FREE FULL TEXT)

In assessing an osteoporotic patient for vertebral fractures, don’t overlook the vertebral endplates and the state of the intervertebral disks. The authors of a retrospective study of MRI images find that radiologists too often focus on the vertebral body and ignore injury to the endplates, which may continue to cause postoperative pain as patients bend and twist. Damage to the endplates may also mimic infection.
 

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