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    I hope I can get a clear answer to my question, is a compression deformity of the thoracic spine the same as a compression fracture of the thoracic spine? Thanks, pthomas

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    Hi Pat:

    The spinal compression deformity is not the same as a spinal compression fracture.

    A patient may have a compression fracture without the deformity. The compression fracture may cause a compression deformity; the deformity (known as the hunchback deformity - kyphosis) occurs when the fractured vertebra collapses shortening and tilting the vertebra forward.

    Clear as mud.
    Last edited by Mojo; 06-09-2011 at 10:13 PM.

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    2017 ICD-10-CM Coding Book
    738.5

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