Evaluation of the Thoracolumbar Injury Classification and Severity (TLICS) Score Over a Two-Year Period at a Level One Trauma Center.
Introduction The use of the Thoracolumbar Injury Classification and Severity Score (TLICS) and other classification systems for guiding the management of traumatic spinal injuries remains controversial. TLICS is one of the few classifications that provides treatment recommendations.We sought to analyze intervention modality selection based on the TLICS scoring system. Methods A retrospective review of patients presenting with traumatic thoracolumbar fractures at a level 1 trauma center over a two-year period was performed. Primary endpoints for comparison analysis included visual analog scale (VAS) scores and Cobb angles during follow-up. Results There were 272 patients with thoracolumbar fractures, of whom 212 had TLICS of ≤3, six with TLICS of 4, and 54 with TLICS of ≥5. Of the 272 total patients, 59 were treated via surgery and 213 via non-surgical conservative methods. The VAS scores significantly decreased from presentation to last follow-up in both surgically treated and conservative groups (p4 conservative group, who had significantly lower Cobb angles at the last follow-up than the TLICS > 4 surgical group (p
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Gonzales-Portillo, G. S., Mamaril-Davis, J. C., Riordan, K., Avila, M. J., Aguilar-Salinas, P., Burket, A., & Dumont, T. (2023). Evaluation of the Thoracolumbar Injury Classification and Severity (TLICS) Score Over a Two-Year Period at a Level One Trauma Center. Cureus, 15(8), e43762. https://doi.org/10.7759/cureus.43762
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine