Kummel disease: A not-so-rare complication of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures

Brett A. Freedman, John G. Heller

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Abstract

Kummel disease is the eponym for avascular necrosis of the vertebral body after a vertebral compression fracture. As our population ages, the prevalence of osteoporosis, its most common fragility fracture (vertebral compression fracture), and Kummel disease will increase. The purpose of this article is to report a prototypical case with complete radiographic and histologic workup and to provide facts regarding Kummel disease that are salient to the primary care provider.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-78
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Family Practice

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