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Compression Fracture in Osteoporosis

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.

Figure 1 shows a broken (fractured) vertebra from thin, weak bones caused by osteoporosis (compression fracture).

Figure 2 shows a needle inserted into the fractured vertebra.

Figure 3 shows cement injected into the vertebra to give it structural support.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
Last Revised November 10, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 10, 2010
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