Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures

Abstract

This article discusses the pathophysiology and clinical presentation of thoracolumbar burst fraction, as well as management considerations, including nonsurgical treatment with and without neurologic deficit and surgical treatment with and without neurologic deficit, and the selection of an appropriate surgical approach. Two surgical techniques are presented in detail, including posterior distraction/ligamentotaxis reduction and anterior decompression anterbody fusion. Video is available.

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