Anterior approach

Relationship between the angle of vertebral screws and spinal lateral angulation after fixation of thoracolumbar fractures via an anterior approach

L. T. Ma, Gong, Q., Li, T., Song, Y. M., Pei, F. X., Zhao, X. D., Zhang, W. L., Liu, L. M., Zeng, J. C., and Liu, H., Relationship between the angle of vertebral screws and spinal lateral angulation after fixation of thoracolumbar fractures via an anterior approach, vol. 13, pp. 8135-8146, 2014.

This study investigated possible contributors to lateral spinal angulation after surgical fixation of thoracolumbar fractures via an anterior approach. We retrospectively examined lateral angulation in 172 cases of thoracolumbar fractures treated in this manner. The coronal Cobb angle and angles of the screws relative to the endplates were determined from radiographs. The patients completed the Short Form 36, Oswestry Disability Index, Japanese Orthopaedic Association Back Pain Evaluation Questionnaire, and Visual Analogue Scale at the final follow-up visit.

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