Chance fracture treatment
The London Spine Unit specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of Chance fracture. Our Specialists are trained in the recognition of symptoms caused by Chance fracture. The best investigation for this condition is an MRI scan as this shows the structural damage that can be caused by Chance fracture.
If you have been diagnosed with Chance fracture then you should seek a specialist second opinion on the best treatment options as untreated Chance fracture can lead to more serious problems including nerve damage, persistent pain and immobility.
We are based on the Prestigious Harley Street and our clinic is fully equipped to diagnose and treat Chance fracture
More details about Chance fracture
A Chance fracture is a type of vertebral fracture that results from excessive flexion of the spine. Symptoms may include abdominal bruising (seat belt sign), or less commonly paralysis of the legs. In around half of cases there is an associated abdominal injury such as a splenic rupture, small bowel injury, pancreatic injury, or mesenteric tear. Injury to the bowel may not be apparent in the first day.
The cause is classically a head-on motor vehicle collision in which the affected person is wearing only a lap belt. Being hit in the abdomen with an object like a tree or a fall may also result in this fracture pattern. It often involves disruption of all three columns of the vertebral body (anterior, middle, and posterior). The most common area affected is the lower thoracic and upper lumbar spine. A CT scan is recommended as part of the diagnostic work-up to detect any potential abdominal injuries. The fracture is often unstable.