Monosegmental Transpedicular Fixation for Selected Patients With Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures

ArticleinJournal of spinal disorders & techniques 22(1):38-44 · March 2009with30 Reads
DOI: 10.1097/BSD.0b013e3181679ba3 · Source: PubMed
A prospective cohort study on selected consecutive patients. To evaluate the efficacy of an innovative operative technique called monosegmental transpedicular fixation for the treatment of some thoracolumbar burst fractures. Short-segment pedicle screw instrumentation is accepted by many spinal surgeons as an acceptable technique for the treatment of thoracolumbar burst fractures. Preoperative evaluation using the spinal load-sharing makes this technique more reliable. To preserve more motion segments, some authors have advocated using monosegmental pedicle screw instrumentation (MSPI) to treat thoracolumbar fractures. However, up until now this kind of maneuver is only performed in cases of flexion distraction injuries. A cohort of 20 patients with thoracolumbar burst fractures fulfilling the inclusion criteria were prospectively submitted to surgical treatment of monosegmental transpedicular fixation plus posterior fusion. All instrumentations were performed with pedicle screws inserted bilaterally into the fractured level and 1 adjacent level, either superior or inferior depending on the locating side of the intact endplate. All patients were followed up. The preoperative radiographs, the postoperative radiographs within 1 week of operation, and the radiographs of the most recent follow-up were evaluated for kyphosis correction recorded in the Sagittal Index and Load-Sharing Classification (LSC) index. The postoperative functional outcomes were evaluated using the Frankel Performance Scale together with the Denis Pain Scale. Eighteen patients were followed up successfully with an average final follow-up of 24.7+/-8.0 months. The focal kyphotic angulations were corrected satisfactorily with the mean Sagittal Index of preoperative 16.5+/-6.6 degrees, initial postoperative 4.0+/-2.4 degrees, and latest follow-up 4.8+/-4.0 degrees. No obvious loss of correction occurred except for 2 patients who both scored 8 points on the LSC Score. Postoperatively, most patients attained both functional neurologic improvement and pain relief, and only a few complications were noted. For selected thoracolumbar burst fractures, MSPI can provide the same or better fixation and preserve more motion segments than other methods of posterior pedicle instrumentation. With preoperative evaluation using the spinal LSC system, MSPI is effective and reliable for the treatment of thoracolumbar burst fractures when properly indicated.
    • "Similar results were shown by other studies. [21][22][23][24]and hemorrhage showed recovery intermediate between above two groups. Flanders et al. [26] found that all patients with a neurological deficit had abnormal spinal cords at MRI; intramedullary hemorrhage was predictive of a complete lesion and patients with residual cord compression following reduction demonstrated greater neurological compromise than those without compression. "
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    • "Seventy-six patients were treated by AA, [19,252627 175 were treated by PSSF2829303132 and 36 were treated by PMF. [33,34] The regression analysis for the whole database revealed that the model with LFU kyphotic angle regressed on fracture level (dummy variable) had no explanatory power. The simple linear regression of LFU kyphotic angle on surgical treatment, a dummy variable, indicated that the patients treated by PSSF developed a post-surgical kyphotic angle 8.51° more severe than those treated by AA. "
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    • "There are several posterior surgical techniques currently employed to treat thoracolumbar burst fractures, and a large number of biomechanical studies suggest that reinforcement with a fracture-level screw combination can help to improve the biomechanical stability [7,8,10,12]. Clinical evidence suggests that reinforcement with a fracture-level screw combination can help to provide better kyphosis correction and that the reinforcement offers immediate spinal stability, more effectively restores fractured vertebral height, and allows earlier ambulation in patients with thoracolumbar burst fracture [7,9,11], but no studies have compared the von Mises stresses of the internal fixation devices among different short segment pedicle screw fixation techniques using pedicle fixation at the level of the fracture, especially the mono-segment pedicle screw fixation and intermediate unilateral pedicle screw fixation techniques13141516. In this study, we investigated the biomechanical comparison of the four posterior short segment pedicle screw fixation techniques used in thoracolumbar burst fractures. "
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