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In vitro biomechanical evaluation of four fixation techniques for distractive-flexion injury stage 3 of the cervical spine
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Orthopaedics.
2015 (English)In: Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences, ISSN 0300-9734, E-ISSN 2000-1967, Vol. 120, no 3, 198-206 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose. Anterior plate fixation has been reported to provide satisfactory results in cervical spine distractive flexion (DF) injuries stages 1 and 2, but will result in a substantial failure rate in more unstable stage 3 and above. The aim of this investigation was to determine the biomechanical properties of different fixation techniques in a DF-3 injury model where all structures responsible for the posterior tension band mechanism are torn. Methods. The multidirectional three-dimensional stiffness of the subaxial cervical spine was measured in eight cadaveric specimens with a simulated DF-3 injury at C5-C6, stabilized with four different fixation techniques: anterior plate alone, anterior plate combined with posterior wire, transarticular facet screws, and a pedicle screw-rod construct, respectively. Results. The anterior plate alone did not improve stability compared to the intact spine condition, thus allowing considerable range of motion around all three cardinal axes (p > 0.05). The anterior plate combined with posterior wire technique improved flexion-extension stiffness (p = 0.023), but not in axial rotation and lateral bending. When the anterior plate was combined with transarticular facet screws or with a pedicle screws-rod instrumentation, the stability improved in flexion-extension, lateral bending, and in axial rotation (p < 0.05). Conclusions. These findings imply that the use of anterior fixation alone is insufficient for fixation of the highly unstable DF-3 injury. In these situations, the use of anterior fixation combined with a competent posterior tension band reconstruction (e.g. transarticular screws or a posterior pedicle screws-rod device) improves segmental stability.

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2015. Vol. 120, no 3, 198-206 p.
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Biomechanical analysis, cervical spine, distractive-flexion injury, internal fixation, transarticular screws, pedicle screws
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-261991DOI: 10.3109/03009734.2015.1019684ISI: 000359819800007PubMedID: 25742755OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-261991DiVA: diva2:852008
Available from: 2015-09-07 Created: 2015-09-07 Last updated: 2015-09-07Bibliographically approved

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