Blood supply of irregular bones — 1: Vertebral column

  • Murray Brookes
  • William J. Revell

Abstract

The vertebral column (Nomina Anatomica 1989) is familiar to all as the spine, run through by the spinal cord, and operated upon by spinal surgeons. It has seven cervical, 12 thoracic and five lumbar vertebrae, and a sacrum formed by the fusion of five sacral segments, and ending in a diminutive coccyx (fusion of four segments). At birth, the column is concave ventrally; from childhood onwards, the cervical and lumbar regions are convex.

Keywords

Osteoarthritis Dura Spondylitis Haas Photography 

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Murray Brookes
    • 1
    • 2
  • William J. Revell
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LondonUK
  2. 2.Academic Department of OrthopaedicsRayne Institute, St Thomas’s HospitalLondonUK

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