Thoracolumbar fracture--dislocation results of surgical treatment.

M. Razak, M. Mahmud, Sabarul Afian Mokhtar, A. Omar

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Fifteen cases of unstable fracture-dislocation of the thoracolumbar spine have been treated by open reduction, short segment transpedicular fixation and fusion in Universiti Unit, Kuala Lumpur Hospital from January 1994 until December 1997. Twelve male and three female patients were injured; their age ranged from 18 to 45 years. Five fracture-dislocations occurred in the lower thoracic spine (T8 to T11), eight at the thoracolumbar junction (T12 to L2) and two in the lumbar spine (L3 to L5). All the patients had neurological deficit. Seven patients with incomplete or cauda equina lesions regained some neural function, while all eight with complete lesions remained unchanged. Ten of the fifteen cases were grossly unstable and translated beyond 50% of the width of the spinal column. At the time of follow up (more than one year in all patients), no loss of reduction or of fixation was noted in any patient. Solid fusion was achieved in all patients. The advantages of this method of treatment include stable fixation, with maintenance of sagittal and coronal spinal alignments, to allow early rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-17
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume55 Suppl C
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2000

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Spine
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Thoracolumbar fracture--dislocation results of surgical treatment. / Razak, M.; Mahmud, M.; Mokhtar, Sabarul Afian; Omar, A.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 55 Suppl C, 09.2000, p. 14-17.

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