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Sacral insufficiency fractures spectrum of radiological features

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      Abstract

      Clinical and radiological features of 22 Chinese patients with sacral insufficiency fractures were reviewed. Twenty-one were postmenopausal women. Other risk factors were external pelvic radiotherapy (eight) and total hip replacement (two). Severe low back pain was the most common presenting complaint. Fractures initially were demonstrated by bone scintigraphy in 21 and computed tomography (CT) in seven patients. Concomitant parasymphyseal and pubic rami fractures were detected in 17 and 10 patients, respectively. Follow-up assessment by CT and bone scintigraphy in five patients showed various stages of fracture healing. Recognition of the radiological patterns of this entity is emphasized.

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