Thoracolumbar deformity (trauma) surgery complication

Robert F. Heary, M. Omar Iqbal

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The thoracolumbar junction (T11-L2) is the most common site of traumatic spinal injury comprising over 80% of all spinal trauma. We review a case presentation of a 31-year-old woman who sustained complicated L1 and L2 burst fractures after a fall from 40 feet. She underwent a two-staged anterior-posterior operation. The patient did well then presented 5 years later with a symptomatic tethered cord. We review the strategies for prevention and management of complications following this operation for thoracolumbar trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpinal Deformity
Subtitle of host publicationA Case-Based Approach to Managing and Avoiding Complications
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319600833
ISBN (Print)9783319600826
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


  • Arachnoiditis
  • Deformity
  • Pedicle screw fixation
  • Pseudarthrosis
  • Pseudomeningocele
  • Tethered cord
  • Thoracolumbar fracture
  • Traumatic kyphosis

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