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Thoracic spine fractures

Introduction

Insert summary about significance of this fracture, epidemiology, etc.

Anatomy

Review the relevant anatomy of the bone, the joint, surrounding soft tissues etc. Discuss important neurovascular considerations (blood supply etc).

Classification

Describe current classifications, including strength and weaknesses.

See Thoracolumbar Injury Classification and Severity Scale (TLICSS)

Presentation

Include:
Classic history
Physical Examination
Radiographic studies – which to get, what they may show
Lab studies if relevant

Diagnosis

Ok, the xrays tell you what you got. What else should you be thinking of? Associated injuries? Underlying conditions?

Treatment

Include:
Benign neglect
Immobilization--how?
Percutaneous fixation
Open fixation
Other surgical

Please link to article on operative technique

Complications

Include:
Complications of injury
Complications of treatment

Red Flags and Controversies

Outcomes

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Selected References

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