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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 223--224

Six-level isolated spinous process fracture of the thoracic vertebrae (clay-shoveler's fracture) and a review of the literature


Department of Neurosurgery, Ataturk Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

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Dr. Atilla Kazanci
Department of Neurosurgery, Ataturk Education and Research Hospital, Ankara
Turkey
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.156286

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Clay-shoveler's fractures are isolated, avulsion-type spinous process fractures of the lower cervical and upper thoracic vertebrae. Multi-level fractures of the spinous processes are extremely rare. We report the case of a 60-year-old female patient with a six-level isolated spinous process fracture of the thoracic spine. Our case is the fourth reported case in literature, of an isolated spinous process fracture involving five or more levels in the thoracic vertebrae.






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