Acetabular Fractures

  • Ippokratis Pountos
  • Peter V. GiannoudisEmail author
Part of the Fracture Management Joint by Joint book series (FMJJ)


Acetabular fractures are the result of high-energy trauma in young individuals or low-energy impacts in elderly. They are rare injuries and can be associated with morbidity and mortality. These injuries constitute a challenging joint-reconstruction problem. The goal of surgery is to restore the congruency of the joint and minimize or prolong the appearance of arthritis. A step or gap of more than 2 mm is regarded an indication for surgery. Our armamentarium includes a variety of approaches and implants for the fixation of these injuries. Primary arthroplasty has a role in the management of acetabular fractures especially in elderly individuals with pre-existing osteoarthritis, and severe impaction with a compromised bone stock.


Acetabular fractures Pelvis Trauma Triradiate cartilage Internal fixation Total hip arthroplasty 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Academic Department of Trauma & Orthopaedics, School of MedicineUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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