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The treatment of fractures of the acetabulum involving both anterior and posterior columns.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Italian journal of orthopaedics and traumatology
Publication Date
Volume
13
Issue
1
Pages
27–36
Identifiers
PMID: 3692795
Source
Medline

Abstract

Over a period of 20 years, 35 cases of fracture of the acetabulum involving both columns were treated by operation in our unit. These were followed up after a minimum of 8 to a maximum of 20 years. The Iselin approach, even when extended forwards by partial disinsertion of the gluteal muscles, allowed good reduction only when there was little or no displacement of the ilio-pubic column. In the other cases, it was necessary to use a combined anterior and posterior approach, or the Letournel approach, but the latter was reserved for cases with very severe displacement or comminution of the fragments when it is essential to have access and control of the iliac and acetabular complex in its entirety. The clinical and radiographic results of fractures involving both columns are not unlike those observed in other complex fractures of the pelvis: good reduction and osteosynthesis is synonymous with good function even in the long term.

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