Vertebral morphometry

Normative data

John Christopher G. Gallagher, L. R. Hedlund, S. Stoner, C. Meeger

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Abstract

Morphometric measurements of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae were carried out on spinal radiographs of 150 normal women. A normal range was established for each individual vertebra. There was no change in the anterior height of the thoracic or lumbar vertebrae with age but there was a small significant decrease in the posterior height of the lumbar vertebrae with age. This is unlike the pattern seen in osteoporotics in whom a decrease in anterior height of the vertebrae is the first clinical manifestation of spinal osteoporosis. At the present time diagnosis of an osteoporotic spinal fracture is usually based on a subjective decision. Normative data for the vertebral dimensions should help improve the accuracy of diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-196
Number of pages8
JournalBone and Mineral
Volume4
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988

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Lumbar Vertebrae
Thoracic Vertebrae
Spine
Spinal Fractures
Osteoporotic Fractures
Osteoporosis
Reference Values

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  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Surgery

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Gallagher, J. C. G., Hedlund, L. R., Stoner, S., & Meeger, C. (1988). Vertebral morphometry: Normative data. Bone and Mineral, 4(2), 189-196.

Vertebral morphometry : Normative data. / Gallagher, John Christopher G.; Hedlund, L. R.; Stoner, S.; Meeger, C.

In: Bone and Mineral, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1988, p. 189-196.

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Gallagher, JCG, Hedlund, LR, Stoner, S & Meeger, C 1988, 'Vertebral morphometry: Normative data', Bone and Mineral, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 189-196.
Gallagher JCG, Hedlund LR, Stoner S, Meeger C. Vertebral morphometry: Normative data. Bone and Mineral. 1988;4(2):189-196.
Gallagher, John Christopher G. ; Hedlund, L. R. ; Stoner, S. ; Meeger, C. / Vertebral morphometry : Normative data. In: Bone and Mineral. 1988 ; Vol. 4, No. 2. pp. 189-196.
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