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compression fracture

 

Definition: a type of collapsing breakage, often involving the vertebrae, where it results from axial loading forces from top to bottom; evident radiographically by diminished height and squareness of bone; often painful and without neurologic impairment; may be seen after even minor trauma in association with osteoporosis.

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