Management of a high thoracic chance fracture

  • Anouar Bourghli
  • Ibrahim Obeid
  • Louis Boissiere
  • Jean-Marc Vital
  • Zafer Tabboush
  • Mohammed Al Sarawan
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Chance fracture of the high thoracic spine is rare, and its impact on the adjacent cervical spine can be important.


We present the case of a 16-year-old male, who fell down from a 2 m height, in an unknown context as he has a mental retardation, and no witness saw the accident. Initial CT scan revealed a comminuted depressed fracture of the right parietal bone, associated with a chance fracture at the level of T3 with a kyphosis and bilateral lung contusion.


The patient underwent neurosurgical treatment for elevation and reconstruction of the parietal fracture; he also underwent, 2 days later, a posterior spinal correction and fusion with T1-to-T5 instrumentation. The patient returned to normal walking on day 7 with a satisfactory clinical and radiological result at 1 year.


Literature is sparse on the treatment of high thoracic chance fractures. The current case shows that early surgical management should prevent a secondary kyphotic deformity that may need a more aggressive treatment at a later stage.


Chance fracture High thoracic Kyphosis Sagittal alignment Posterior approach 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anouar Bourghli
    • 1
  • Ibrahim Obeid
    • 2
  • Louis Boissiere
    • 2
  • Jean-Marc Vital
    • 2
  • Zafer Tabboush
    • 1
  • Mohammed Al Sarawan
    • 1
  1. 1.Orthopedic and Spinal Surgery DepartmentKingdom HospitalRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Orthopedic Spinal Surgery Unit 1Bordeaux Pellegrin HospitalBordeauxFrance

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