Surgical treatment for thoracic spine fracture-dislocation without neurological deficit

Shih Chieh Yang, Shang Won Yu*, Yeung Jen Chen, Wen Jer Chen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Complete fracture-dislocation of the thoracic spine is a rare injury resulting from high-energy impaction that commonly presents with severe neurological deficit. We report a case of this condition in patient who was involved in a motorcycle-vehicle collision, that resulted in multiple trauma and complete fracture-dislocation of the T7-T8 with middle column-posterior column dissociation. A posterior approach was used for decompression and immediate stabilization of this severe, unstable injury, combined with an aterior approach for anatomic reduction and intervertebral body fusion. No neurological complications occurred either peoperatively or postoperatively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-585
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association
Issue number8
StatePublished - 08 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Case report
  • Dislocations
  • Neurological manifestations
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Spinal fractures


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