spinal compression

spinal compression
spinal cord compression a condition in which pressure is exerted on the spinal cord, as by a tumor, spinal fracture, etc.; its manifestations, which vary with location and degree of pressure, may include pain, paresthesias, and sensory and motor disturbances.

Spinal compression from traumatic compression fracture of the first lumbar vertebra (L1). (A), Lateral x-ray of the thoracolumbar junction shows compression fracture of the vertebral body (asterisk) with decreased vertebra height and anterior inferior corner fracture; (B), axial and (C), sagittal reconstructed CT scans show the degree of canal narrowing secondary to the retropulsed fragment and reveal a left laminar fracture (B, arrow).

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