Osteoporotic spine, X-ray

Osteoporotic spine, X-ray

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Caption: Osteoporotic spine. Coloured lateral X-ray of the vertebral column at the thoracolumbar hinge in a 70-year-old woman with vertebral compression relating to osteoporosis. Over time as osteoporotic bone becomes weaker and more porous, it becomes more susceptible to injury and fractures, especially in situations where significant weight or stress is placed on the bone. The condition can lead to collapse of the vertebrae. Osteoporosis (brittle bone disease) is most common in women after the menopause because they no longer produce the hormone oestrogen that helps in keeping bones healthy. This X-ray shows the vertebrae in the T12-L1 region.

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