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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2008 Jan;24(1):44-5. doi: 10.1097/pec.0b013e31815f6f93.

Acetabular fracture in a 16-year-old secondary to an all-terrain vehicle accident.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Services, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE 19899, USA.


All-terrain vehicles have been associated with a large number of injuries in the pediatric age group. Despite strict regulations governing the sale and manufacture of these vehicles, they continue to be in widespread use. We report a case of a 16-year-old boy with an acetabular fracture secondary to being thrown from an all-terrain vehicle. Acetabular fractures are rare in the pediatric population and are most commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents and other high-energy trauma. Although the diagnosis is straightforward, delayed presentation is not uncommon.

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