The Fixateur Interne has been proposed for limited pedicle fixation of thoracolumbar spine fractures with the assumption that motion in the nontraumatized spinal segments could be maintained. To date, no data exist that both localize and quantitate spinal mobility about the fractured vertebra. Voluntary maximum lateral flexion and extension radiographs were obtained on patients with unstable thoracolumbar spine fractures at a minimum of 2 years after Fixateur Interne instrumentation (implant was removed after 1 year). Residual intersegmental motion was measured at levels adjacent to both the vertebra fracture and the fixation. Fifty-nine patients were reviewed, and the posterior vertebral body angle demonstrated a mean total sagittal motion of 2.98°. Cephalad and caudal to the fractured vertebra, a mean of 1.34° and 3.08°, respectively, of residual motion was noted; cephalad and caudal to the previously instrumented segment a mean of 3.22° and 6.88c, respectively, was measured. The authors conclude that residual mobility is most evident at the caudal end of the instrumented segment, removed from the fractured vertebra. The level with end plate disruption becomes essentially ankylosed, with or without a fusion.
- Fixateur interne
- Intersegmental spinal mobility
- Spinal fracture
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Clinical Neurology