A clay-shoveler's fracture with renal transplantation and osteoporosis: a case report

unay k., karatoprak ö., şener n., ÖZKAN K.

journal of medical case reports, 2008 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Case Report
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Title of Journal : journal of medical case reports


INTRODUCTION: Clay-shoveler's fracture is a rare cervicodorsal spinous process fracture and there is little information regarding the prognosis of patients with this condition in conjunction with osteoporosis and corticosteroid use. CASE PRESENTATION: A 39-year-old man was admitted to our institution with a 6-month history of cervicodorsal pain prior to admission. The patient had previously undergone renal transplantation and was on corticosteroids, and had developed osteoporosis. We treated him with a cervical collar, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents and alendronate. The patient was advised against performing weight-bearing activities for 6 months. CONCLUSION: Clay-shoveler's fracture with osteoporosis and corticosteroid use presented by fracture of the cervicodorsal aspect of the spinous processes may be successfully treated with a collar, alendronate and long-term