Thoracic Spine Stabilization

J. Kalyvas, Nicholas Theodore

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Thoracic spine instability is unusual because of the anatomical support provided by the rib cage. Nevertheless, it does result from a myriad of causes and may place the spinal cord and nerve roots at risk with potentially devastating neurological consequences. The field of surgical stabilization of the thoracic spine has evolved in terms of its anatomical approaches, instrumentation, techniques for arthrodesis, and intraoperative evaluation, all of which have led to better patient outcomes. Selecting appropriate patients and surgical treatments as well as appropriately managing these patients before and after surgery is paramount to success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851574
ISBN (Print)9780123851581
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Costotransversectomy
  • Electrophysiological intraoperative monitoring
  • Interbody grafts
  • Neuronavigation
  • Pedicle screws
  • Thoracic arthrodesis
  • Thoracic instability
  • Thoracic instrumentation
  • Thoracic stabilization
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Thoracotomy
  • Transpedicular approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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