A mechanism of lateral flexion distraction injury of the spine

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Flexion distraction fractures or Chance fractures are well described in the literature. We present an unusual pattern of injury of a pure lateral flexion distraction fracture of the T12 vertebra with no posterior element disruption following a blow to the right torso to a passenger in a road traffic accident. The diagnosis was made intra-operatively as the potential for this injury pattern following the described mechanism was not initially recognised. We suggest that this type of injury be suspected in any patient where a fulcrum has acted at any point around the torso. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.




Oliver, A., & Allan, D. B. (2005). A mechanism of lateral flexion distraction injury of the spine. Injury, 36(1), 222–225. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.injury.2004.04.003

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