AO Spine C3 sacral fractures are defined by separation of the spine including S1 from the pelvic ring and are usually result of a high-energy injury. Besides their high biomechanical instability and high rate of associated neurological impairment, these fractures are often extremely difficult to reduce due to severe bony impaction and dislocation. Additional difficulties in management of these fractures arise from only a thin-layer of soft-tissue coverage overlying the injured area.
Kobbe, Philipp; Schroeder, Gregory D.; Schnake, Klaus J.; Benneker, Lorin M.; Lambrechts, Mark; Hildebrand, Frank; and Sellei, Richard M., "Open Posterior Reduction and Stabilization of AO Spine C3 Sacral Fractures" (2023). Rothman Institute Faculty Papers. Paper 200.
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