Bilateral locked facets of the lumbosacral spine: Treatment with open reduction and transpedicular fixation

Paul M. Arnold, David G. Malone, Patrick P. Han

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Abstract

Background: A 23-year-old man was involved in a motor vehicle crash and found to have bilateral locked facets at L5-S1. His neurologic examination, radiographic workup, surgical management, postoperative care, and the relevant literature are discussed. Design: Case report and literature review. Results: This patient underwent solid fusion with anatomic alignment following open reduction and internal fixation. He made a good neurologic recovery. Conclusion: Early surgery, consisting of open reduction, fixation, and fusion, provides the best results in patients with lumbosacral fracture-dislocations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-272
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bilateral locked facets
  • Internal fixation
  • Open reduction
  • Spine fusion
  • Spine trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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