Anterior decompression and stabilisation of metastatic spinal fractures.

  • Fidler M
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Abstract

Seventeen patients with pathological fractures of the thoracolumbar spine which had not responded to conservative treatment are reported. All had compression of the spinal cord and/or severe pain. All (except one treated by lateral rhachotomy) were treated by anterior decompression followed by stabilisation; when the lesion was below T2 the spine was stabilised anteriorly, and when it was higher posterior instrumentation was used. Sixteen of the 17 patients benefited from the procedure.

Author-supplied keywords

  • *Fractures, Spontaneous/et [Etiology]
  • *Spinal Cord Compression/et [Etiology]
  • *Spinal Injuries/et [Etiology]
  • *Spinal Neoplasms/su [Surgery]
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Fractures, Spontaneous/su [Surgery]
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Orthopedic Equipment
  • Spinal Cord Compression/su [Surgery]
  • Spinal Injuries/su [Surgery]
  • Spinal Neoplasms/co [Complications]
  • Spinal Neoplasms/sc [Secondary]

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  • M W Fidler

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