Does neurological recovery in thoracolumbar and lumbar burst fractures depend on the extent of canal compromise?

S. P. Mohanty, N. Venkatram

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Study design: Prospective study. Objectives: Forty-five consecutive cases of thoracolumbar and lumbar burst fractures treated non-operatively were analyzed to correlate the extent of canal compromise at the time of injury with (i) the initial neurologic deficit and (ii) with the extent of neurological recovery at 1 year. The effect of spinal canal remodeling on neurological recovery was also analyzed. Setting: University teaching hospital in south India. Methods: The degree of spinal canal compromise and canal remodeling were assessed from computed tomography scans. The neurologic status was assessed by Frankel's grading. Results: The mean canal compromise in patients with neurologic deficit was 46.2% while in patients with no neurological deficit it was 36.3%. The mean spinal canal compromise in patients with neurological recovery was 46.1% and 48.4% in those with no recovery. The amount of canal remodeling in patients who recovered was 51.7% and 46.1% in the patients who did not recover. None of these differences was statistically significant. Conclusion: This study shows that there is no correlation between the neurologic deficit and subsequent recovery with the extent of spinal canal compromise in thoracolumbar burst fractures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-299
Number of pages5
JournalSpinal Cord
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2002


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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