Distraction injury to thoracic spine treated with thoracoscopic dual-rod fixation

Gregory P. Lekovic, Eric Horn, Curtis A. Dickman

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Abstract

Background context: Thoracic hyperextension fracture-dislocation is a rare pattern of traumatic spinal injury, typically associated with gross spinal instability and severe neurological deficit. These extremely unstable injuries require internal fixation despite their potentially benign clinical presentation. Purpose: We present a patient with a thoracic distraction injury who remained neurologically intact. Methods: The patient underwent thoracoscopic reduction and anterior fixation of the thoracic spine using a paired screw-rod construct. Results: Postoperatively, the patient remained neurologically intact and had no complications related to his thoracic fixation and fusion. Follow-up radiographs showed maintenance of thoracic alignment and bony fusion. Conclusions: The endoscopic approach to the anterior thoracic spine was an excellent treatment option for this thoracic distraction injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-334
Number of pages5
JournalThe spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Hyperextension injury
  • Thoracic spine
  • Thoracoscopic fixation
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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Distraction injury to thoracic spine treated with thoracoscopic dual-rod fixation. / Lekovic, Gregory P.; Horn, Eric; Dickman, Curtis A.

In: The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society, Vol. 6, No. 3, 05.2006, p. 330-334.

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