Holdsworth fracture

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In medicine the Holdsworth fracture is an unstable fracture dislocation of the thoraco lumbar junction of the spine. The injury comprises a fracture through a vertebral body, rupture of the posterior spinal ligaments and fractures of the facet joints.[1]

The injury was described by Frank Wild Holdsworth in 1963. He described the mechanism of this injury as a flexion-rotation injury, and said that the unstable fracture dislocation should be treated by fusion of the two affected vertebrae.[2]


  1. ^ Tim B Hunter; Leonard F Peltier; Pamela J Lund (2000). "Musculoskeletal Eponyms: Who Are Those Guys?" (PDF). RadioGraphics. 20: 827. doi:10.1148/radiographics.20.3.g00ma20819. PMID 10835130. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  2. ^ Holdsworth FW (February 1963). "Fractures, dislocations, and fracture-dislocations of the spine.". J Bone Joint Surg Br. 45–B (1): 6–20. Retrieved 2009-11-05.