Internal Fixation of Unstable Pelvic Ring Injuries.
Matta, Joel M. MD *; Tornetta, Paul III MD **
Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research.
329:129-140, August 1996.
One hundred and seven unstable pelvic fractures were treated operatively. Reductions were graded by the maximal displacement measured on the 3 standard views of the pelvis. Criteria were: excellent 4 mm or less, good 5 to 10 mm, fair 10 to 20 mm, and poor more than 20 mm. Overall there were 72 excellent, 30 good, 4 fair, and 1 poor reduction. Ninety-five percent of all reductions were excellent or good. Open reduction and internal fixation within 21 days were associated with a higher percentage of excellent reductions than in reductions performed after 21 days (70% versus 55%). These differences were not statistically significant, however. Complications were infrequent using the techniques described.
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