How to define an osteoporotic vertebral fracture?

Daniele Diacinti, Giuseppe Guglielmi


Vertebral fractures (VFs) are the hallmark of osteoporosis. They are the most common of all osteoporotic fractures, occurring in 15% among women 50–59 yrs of age and in 50% among women >85 yr of age (1-4). The majority of osteoporotic VFs are asymptomatic and occur in absence of specific trauma (5,6).