Holdsworth fracture

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Holdsworth fracture

A Holdsworth fracture is an unstable fracture dislocation of the thoraco lumbar junction of the spine.[1] The injury comprises a fracture through a vertebral body, rupture of the posterior spinal ligaments and fractures of the facet joints.[2]

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.[3]


  1. Martel, José; Bueno, Angel (2008). "Fractures with names". In Pope, Thomas; Bloem, Hans L.; Beltran, Javier; Morrison, William B.; John, David (eds.). Musculoskeletal Imaging (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: Elsevier. p. 1232.e3. ISBN 978-1-4557-0813-0. Archived from the original on 2022-09-26. Retrieved 2022-09-12.
  2. Tim B Hunter; Leonard F Peltier; Pamela J Lund (2000). "Musculoskeletal Eponyms: Who Are Those Guys?". RadioGraphics. 20 (3): 819–36. doi:10.1148/radiographics.20.3.g00ma20819. PMID 10835130.
  3. Holdsworth FW (February 1963). "Fractures, dislocations, and fracture-dislocations of the spine". J Bone Joint Surg Br. 45-B (1): 6–20. doi:10.1302/0301-620X.45B1.6. Archived from the original on 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2009-11-05.