Thoracolumbar burst fractures. The clinical efficacy and outcome of nonoperative management.

@article{Mumford1993ThoracolumbarBF,
  title={Thoracolumbar burst fractures. The clinical efficacy and outcome of nonoperative management.},
  author={J. C. Mumford and James N. Weinstein and Kevin F. Spratt and Vijay Kumar Goel},
  journal={Spine},
  year={1993},
  volume={18 8},
  pages={955-70}
}
There continues to be considerable controversy regarding the management of thoracolumbar burst fractures. Most feel that failure of the middle osteoligamentous complex, particularly with retropulsion of fragments into the spinal canal, is an indication for operative management. Others advocate postural reduction and prolonged bedrest for such injuries. The purpose of this study was to 1) review the clinical outcome and efficacy of closed management of thoracolumbar burst fractures; and 2… CONTINUE READING
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