Review of harrington rod treatment of spinal trauma

Gregory D. Riebel, Jung U. Yoo, Bruce E. Fredrickson, Hansen A. Yuan

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Harrington rod treatment for spinal trauma has become the gold standard against which other treatment modalities are judged. A review of the results of Harrington rod treatment is essential to establish a baseline level of efficiency in terms of rehabilitation time, correction of deformity, canal decompression, motion segment loss, and device-related complications. With economic concerns becoming more important in medical treatment, the value of newer techniques must be clearly superior to established methods. Harrington rod-augmented spine fusion is reliable and cost-effective in the thoracic and thoracolumbar spine. The risks of rod failure and late complications related to lost motion segments in the lumbar spine make pedicle screw systems a better option in this region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-491
Number of pages13
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Harrington rods
  • Spine instrumentation
  • Spine trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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