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Thoracolumbar junction T10-L2

Thoracic and lumbar fractures: Left sided thoracolumbar junction approach (T10-L2)|alt

The segmental vessels that run over the vertebral bodies are exposed and ligated.

The sympathetic chain is bluntly retracted.

The spine is now exposed. Blunt retractors and swabs are placed anteriorly to protect the aorta and caval vein.