Trauma of the Pelvis and Acetabulum

  • Richard A. GosselinEmail author
  • Anand Sobhraj Devnani


Simple pelvic fractures such as avulsion or rami fractures are rarely seen in orthopedic clinics of developing countries. Most heal on their own with symptomatic treatment and little functional sequelae. More complex fractures can heal with shortening or rotational malunions that affect gait and/or limb length, causing changes in hip joint mechanics, chronic pain, and degenerative joint disease. Occasionally, patients present with symptomatic nonunion involving the pubic symphysis or the sacroiliac joint. Non-orthopedic complaints include neurovascular deficits, urogenital and rectal problems, sexual dysfunction, and psychological problems. As most patients present late, some of these non-orthopedic sequelae may be the reasons for consultation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.San Francisco General Hospital, Institute for Global Orthopedics and TraumatologySan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Orthopedic Department Level 4, Medical Faculty (FPSK)University Putra MalaysiaSerdangMalaysia

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