Case Studies

This 19 year old woman was involved in a motor vehicle accident. She sustained L2 and L3 burst fractures. Note the wedging of both vertebral bodies, as well as some scoliosis due to asymmetric collapse (Images A & B).


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The CT scans (Images C & D) reveal the amount of bone in red pushing into the spinal canal in blue. 


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A lumbar instrumentation was performed from L1 to L4 (Images E & F). This resulted in complete correction of the deformity of the spine.


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Instrumentation is usually accompanied by fusion to maintain the spine in the corrected position. In this young patient, however, instrumentation was done without fusion, and the instrumentation was removed 6 months later. This allowed this young woman to maintain the normal mobility of her lumbar spine.