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J Korean Soc Spine Surg. 2001 Sep;8(3):423-427. Korean.
Published online September 30, 2001.
Copyright © 2001 Korean Society of Spine Surgery
Posterior Instrumentation of Thoracolumbar Fracture
Jin-Young Lee, M.D., and Gab-Lae Kim, M.D.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Address reprint requests to Jin-Young Lee, M.D. Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Hallym University College of Medicine, #445 Kil-dong, Kangdong-gu, Seoul 134-701, Korea. Tel: 82-2-2224-2288, Fax: 82-2-489-4391, Email:

The thoracolumbar spine remains the most common site of vertebral column injuries. Surgical stabilization using posterior instrumentation for thoracolumbar injuries offers several advantages such as nearly anatomical reduction of fractures, protection of neurologic function and most important early ambulation of the patient, and so major benefits of early fixation are decreased hospital stay, early rehabilitation, and prevention of deformity and pain. The treatment of fracture-dislocation of the thoracolumbar spine has been progressively improved over the past decades and recently a lot of posterior instrumentation has been introduced to improve fixation of the involved vertebrae three dimensionally and short segmental fixation as possible.

Keywords: Throaclumbar spine; Posterior instrumentation


Fig. 1
Various types of the "modular construct" in posterior spinal instrumentation.
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