Surgical fusion of the posttraumatic spine: a radiologic assessment.

L. Calenoff*, R. W. Hendrix, M. F. Schafer

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Abstract

Radiological assessment of surgical fusion of fractures and dislocations of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine are an integral part of management of spinal cord injury patients. A meaningful assessment of such fusions can be done properly only when there is adequate knowledge of the types of surgical fusions, the biological material used, and metallic devices applied. Early surgical reduction and internal fixation of the traumatized spine facilitate rapid restoration of spinal alignment, make nursing care less difficult, and sometimes lead toward improvement of neurological function. Complications can occur in all types of surgical fusions. They can affect the fusion material, the metallic device, or the alignment of the spine. Most of those complications are radiologically detected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-317
Number of pages49
JournalCritical reviews in diagnostic imaging
Volume23
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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