AbstractBackground: Building on Holdworth's [ 1 ] classifi cation and subsequent basic science, Francis Denis presents his three column theory of spinal stability and reports its application to fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine.Method: This was a retrospective study of 412 thoracolumbar fractures. Fractures were followed up by clinical review, review of roentgenograms (radiographs) and computerised axial tomograms (CTs). Fractures were classifi ed as minor or major. Minor fractures included fractures…
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