Acetabular and Femoral Neck Fracture Nonunion and Malunion

  • Robert C. JacobsEmail author
  • Craig S. Bartlett
  • Michael Blankstein
Part of the Fracture Management Joint by Joint book series (FMJJ)


Nonunion and malunion are uncommon complications following femoral neck fracture and even more rarely reported after a fracture of the acetabulum. These complications can be difficult to diagnose but can be successfully treated with a large number of patients experiencing good to excellent outcomes. Algorithmic approaches for each are included including the conversion to total hip arthroplasty after unsuccessful open reduction internal fixation of an acetabular fracture.

With respect to the acetabulum, malunion is likely more common than previously thought. Case examples for conversion to total hip arthroplasty after acetabular malunion and open reduction internal fixation after acetabular nonunion are included. Due to their bimodal demographics of young and old, fractures of the femoral neck have significant differences with respect to both their etiology and treatment. A case example for conversion of nonunion to total hip arthroplasty is included.


Acetabular Acetabulum Nonunion Malunion Fracture Femoral neck 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert C. Jacobs
    • 1
    Email author
  • Craig S. Bartlett
    • 1
  • Michael Blankstein
    • 1
  1. 1.University of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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