Vertebra plana

Vertebra plana (plural: vertebrae planae), also known as the pancake or silver dollar or coin-on-edge vertebra, is the term given when a vertebral body has lost almost its entire height anteriorly and posteriorly, representing a very advanced compression fracture.

Pathology

It can occur in a variety of settings, including:

There are a number of mnemonics for the causes of vertebra plana.

See also

  • platyspondyly: flattened vertebral bodies throughout the entire skeleton