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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 580-581  

Traumatic complete lateral spondyloptosis of the thoracic vertebrae


Department of Neurosurgery, Nobel Teaching Hospital, Kanchanbari, Nepal

Date of Web Publication29-Aug-2018

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Sunil Munakomi
Department of Neurosurgery, Nobel Teaching Hospital, Kanchanbari
Nepal
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DOI: 10.4103/jnrp.jnrp_532_17

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Munakomi S. Traumatic complete lateral spondyloptosis of the thoracic vertebrae. J Neurosci Rural Pract 2018;9:580-1

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Munakomi S. Traumatic complete lateral spondyloptosis of the thoracic vertebrae. J Neurosci Rural Pract [serial online] 2018 [cited 2018 Dec 18];9:580-1. Available from: http://www.ruralneuropractice.com/text.asp?2018/9/4/580/239838



A 30-year-old male was brought to emergency following a bike accident. He was conscious and well oriented to time, place, and person. He had paraplegia with complete loss of anal tone. There was complete loss of sensation from T3 region downward. He also had abdominothoracic type of abnormal breathing pattern. Emergent thoracic spine X-ray revealed complete misalignment of the thoracic vertebra [Figure 1]. The computerized tomography chest revealed complete lateral spondyloptosis of the thoracic vertebra with two vertebral levels upward migration between the spondyloptotic segments [Figure 2] and [Figure 3]. There were multiple rib fractures as well. The patient was intubated and kept on ventilatory support so as to minimize and support his work of breathing due to traumatic peripheral pattern of respiratory failure. The condition of the patient, however, kept deteriorating, and he finally succumbed to his injury on the 10th day of admission.
Figure 1: X-ray image showing misalignment in the thoracic spine

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Figure 2: Computerized tomography thorax showing complete lateral spondyloptosis of the thoracic vertebrae

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Figure 3: Axial computerized tomography scan showing two adjacent vertebrae lying parallel to one another

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Traumatic lateral spondyloptosis of the thoracic vertebrae is a very rare event owing to the fact that it is well protected by the thoracic cage together with the ligaments and the muscles, and therefore, substantial force is required to disrupt it.[1]

In selected cases with neurologically preserved patients, posterior spondylectomy has been considered a viable option for the management of such uncommon entity.[1]

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Rahimizadeh A, Rahimizadeh A. Management of traumatic double-level spondyloptosis of the thoracic spine with posterior spondylectomy: Case report. J Neurosurg Spine 2015;23:715-20.  Back to cited text no. 1
    


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