Vertebral Compression Fractures in Elderly: How to Recognize and Report

Maria Antonietta Clemente, Paola Rabasco, Giancarlo Iannelli, Antonio Villonio, Antonella Lotumolo, Matilde Gioioso, Alexis Zandolino, Giuseppe Guglielmi, Aldo Cammarota

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review


Purpose of Review: In elderly patients, when there is no obvious evidence of malignancy on plain radiography, it can be difficult to evaluate benign and malignant vertebral fractures, because these patients are predisposed to senile osteoporosis and malignant disease. The only complaint could be back pain, as both types of fractures have the same symptoms and signs. Recent Findings: A reliable imaging modality is always required, as appropriate management and early diagnosis of malignant vertebral fractures are important. Summary: The aim of this study was to highlight the importance of recognizing, through diagnostic techniques, the presence of vertebral fractures, since the majority of vertebral fractures do not come to clinical attention and to determine the parameters that are useful for the early differentiation between benign versus malignant vertebral fractures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number32
JournalCurrent Radiology Reports
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2018


  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Metastasis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)-CT
  • Vertebral fractures
  • X-ray

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


Dive into the research topics of 'Vertebral Compression Fractures in Elderly: How to Recognize and Report'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this