Traumatic dorsal spondyloptosis of upper thoracic spine: case report and novel open reduction technique

Yingda Li, Meng Huang, Glen Manzano

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Abstract

Traumatic thoracic spondyloptosis represents a rare but potentially catastrophic spinal injury pattern. We present a unique case of a 37-year-old male who suffered a high-thoracic retroloptosis with resultant complete spinal cord injury following a motor vehicle accident. We describe a novel and effective method of open reduction utilising horizontally oriented temporary rods facilitating controlled, sequential sagittal distraction and unlocking, reversal of anteroposterior shear and restoration of alignment. Using our technique, successful reduction and realignment was achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBritish Journal of Neurosurgery
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • open reduction
  • spinal cord injury
  • thoracic fracture-dislocation
  • Traumatic spondyloptosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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