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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2013, Article ID 953897, 4 pages
Case Report

Acute Lumbar Burst Fracture Treated by Minimally Invasive Lateral Corpectomy

1Department of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Instituto de Patologia da Coluna, Vergueiro Street, 1421, Sala 305, Torre Sul, Paraíso, 04101-000 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
2Department of Imaging Diagnosis, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Napoleão de Barros Street, 800, Vila Clementino, 04024-002 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
3Department of Neurosurgery, University of California, San Diego, 200 West Arbor Drive, CA 92103, USA

Received 31 January 2013; Accepted 3 March 2013

Academic Editors: W. M. Novicoff and H. Sharma

Copyright © 2013 Rodrigo Amaral et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Burst fractures in acute spinal traumas are a difficult problem to solve. Different approaches and techniques have been utilized, but with high incidence of morbidity and mortality, besides unsatisfactory clinical and radiological results. Mini-open approaches recently emerged and have been shown to be safe and effective in the treatment of several spinal conditions. Here we report a case of acute lumbar burst fracture at L2 treated by minimally invasive true lateral approach posteriorly instrumented with percutaneous pedicle screws. The minimum disruptive access in addition to a rigid construction allowed a lumbar corpectomy without the morbidity of standard open approaches, lowering surgery costs and accelerating the patient recovery with successfully clinical and radiological results.