Definition of Clay-Shoveler’s and Duverney Fracture

In this article, we will discuss the Definition of Clay-Shoveler’s and Duverney Fracture. So, let’s get started.

Clay-Shoveler’s Fracture

It is a stable fracture through the spinous process of a vertebrae occurring at any of the lower cervical or upper thoracic vertebrae, classically at C6 or C7 level.

Mechanism of injury: It usually occurs in laborers who perform activities involving lifting heavy weights rapidly with extended arms. Examples include shoveling soil, rubber or snow up and over the head backwards, using a pickax or scythe, and pulling out roots. The shear force of the muscles (trapezius and rhomboid muscles) pulling on the spine at the base of the neck tears off bone of the spine.

Duverney Fracture

Duverney fractures are isolated pelvic fractures involving only the iliac wing. They are generally stable fractures as they do not disrupt the weight bearing pelvic ring.

Mechanism of injury: They are caused by direct trauma to the iliac wing.

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