Apr 22, 2005

Indirect spinal canal decompression of vertebral burst fracture in calf model

Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Mustafa TurkerSitki Percin


An experimental study of experimental burst fractures in bovine spinal specimens was conducted to analyze the effects of transpedicular short-segment posterior fixation followed by reduction on indirect spinal canal decompression. For this purpose, experimental burst fractures were created in 11 bovine specimens with a hydraulic materials-testing machine. The specimens were evaluated with plain radiographs and CT scans before reduction. Thereafter, they were instrumented with titanium transpedicular screws and rods (short-segment posterior fixation); and reduction was achieved which included distraction and kyphosis correction maneuvers. Each spinal specimen was evaluated with plain radiographs and CT scans after reduction by applying distraction and kyphosis correction maneuvers. Plain radiographic analysis showed that the kyphosis angle and segmental height values improved. Furthermore, CT scans revealed that the spinal canal diameter values improved compared with those before reduction. The differences between before and after reduction in kyphosis angle, segmental height, anterior body compression, and percentage of retropulsion were statistically significant. Short-segment posterior fixation followed by indirect spinal can...Continue Reading

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Mentioned in this Paper

Congenital Kyphosis
Structure of Calf of Leg
Plain X-ray
Cattle calf (organism)
Spinal Fractures
Bos taurus
Sample Fixation
X-Ray Computed Tomography
Acquired Kyphosis
Decompression, Surgical

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