Thoracolumbar spinal fracture classification systems

A.Prof Frank Gaillard and Radswiki et al.

The two most commonly currently used thoracolumbar spinal fracture classification systems are the AO classification and the TLICS although a number of other classification systems have been proposed over the years 1. Each has benefits and drawbacks and each incorporates various features in an attempt to classify thoracolumbar fractures in a clinically meaningful way. 

As always, it is not so much a question of which is 'best' but rather which is most suited to accurate communication between members of the treating team. 

Most commonly used:

Other classification systems:

Fractures
Spinal trauma
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  • Thoracolumbar vertebral fracture classification systems

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