Flexion-distraction injury

1. Is a diagnosis of a spinal flexion-distraction injury with 3 column involvement the same as/equal to(or a different way to describe) a spinal fracture?
2. Additionally, is a diagnosis of a hyperflexion injury in an ankylosing spine a different way to describe a spinal fracture diagnosis?
I am really trying to find out if a fracture diagnosis is needed in addition to the above referenced injury codes. After doing some research, it seems to me that the injury describes the mechanism that causes the fracture but not the actual fracture itself.

Thanks for your input.

Delynn Merrick, CPC


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