[Thoracolumbar spinal fractures in the elderly : Classification and treatment]

Unfallchirurg. 2017 Dec;120(12):1071-1085. doi: 10.1007/s00113-017-0435-x.
[Article in German]


Thoracolumbar fractures in the elderly are frequently associated with osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can cause fractures or be a significant comorbidity in traumatic fractures. The OF classification is based on conventional X‑ray, computed tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It is easy to use and provides a clinically relevant classification of the fractures. Therapeutic decisions are made based on the clinical and radiological situation by using the OF score. The score takes the current clinical situation including patient-specific comorbidities into consideration. The treatment recommendations are based on an expert consensus opinion and include conservative and operative options. If surgery is indicated, vertebral body augmentation, percutaneous stabilization and even open surgery can be used.

Keywords: Classification; Diagnostic imaging; Fracture fixation; Osteoporosis; Thoracolumbar spine.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bone Screws
  • Female
  • Fracture Fixation, Internal / methods
  • Humans
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • Kyphoplasty / methods
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / diagnostic imaging
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / injuries*
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / surgery
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Osteoporotic Fractures / classification
  • Osteoporotic Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Osteoporotic Fractures / surgery*
  • Quality of Life
  • Spinal Fractures / classification*
  • Spinal Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Spinal Fractures / surgery*
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / diagnostic imaging
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / injuries*
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / surgery
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vertebroplasty / methods