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Thoracic spine fractures


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


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


Describe current classifications, including strength and weaknesses.

See Thoracolumbar Injury Classification and Severity Scale (TLICSS)


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


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


Benign neglect
Percutaneous fixation
Open fixation
Other surgical

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Complications of injury
Complications of treatment

Red Flags and Controversies


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Selected References

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