X-ray showing fractured spine due to osteoporosis

X-ray showing fractured spine due to osteoporosis

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Caption: Spinal fracture in osteoporosis. X-ray of the vertebrae of a patient who has suffered fracture of the spine due to osteoporosis. The normal spine is seen as rectangular segments of bone, making up the body of each vertebra. At lower & upper centre are triangular vertebrae with wide disc spaces between. These vertebrae have fractured in shape & compressed, causing forward curving of the spine (kyphosis). Osteoporosis or "brittle bone disease" leads to reduced bone density. There is thus a greater risk of bone fractures, particularly in the spine. Osteoporosis is usually due to hormonal imbalance, common in women after the menopause.

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Keywords: black and white, black-and-white, condition, disease, disorder, fracture, healthcare, kyphosis, medical, medicine, monochrome image, osteoporosis, spinal injury, spine, vertebra, xray

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