Author(s): Akay KM, Baysefer A, Kayali H, Beduk A, Timurkaynak E
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Abstract A 21-year-old man suffered T12-L1 vertebrae fracture and lateral dislocation without neurological deficit. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated the fracture and lateral dislocation of the thoracolumbar spine. The injured spine was realigned with rods and screws, and bony fusion of the affected vertebrae was performed. Patients with thoracolumbar fracture-dislocation without neurological deficit may suffer unintended neurological injury secondary to maneuvers that cause further dislocation of the spine. Severe spinal injury without neurological deficit should be evaluated in detail, especially with spinal computed tomography. Internal fixation and reduction are recommended if the patient's condition is suitable for surgery.
This article was published in Neurol Med Chir (Tokyo)
and referenced in Journal of Spine