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Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 30, Issue 6, pp 410–411 | Cite as

Iatrogenic vertebral body compression fracture in a premature infant caused by extreme flexion during positioning for a lumbar puncture

  • J. Habert
  • J. O. Haller
Original article

Abstract

We present a case of vertebral body compression fracture that resulted from manual flexion of the spine of a premature infant in preparation for a lumbar puncture. Vertebral body fractures due to abnormal flexion in child abuse have been described. However, such fractures due to lumbar puncture-related positioning have not been reported. We present a pre-term infant who developed an L3 vertebral body compression fracture immediately after lumbar puncture.

Keywords

Vertebral Body Premature Infant Child Abuse Lumbar Puncture Compression Fracture 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Habert
    • 1
  • J. O. Haller
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY 11203, USAUS
  2. 2.Department of Radiology Beth Israel Medical Center, 16th Street and 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003, USAUS

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