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Ital J Orthop Traumatol. 1991 Jun;17(2):217-24.

The letournel lateral approach for treatment of acetabular fractures.

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III Divisione Ortopedia e Traumatologia, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna.


The authors report 9 cases of acetabular fracture, 6 recent complex and 3 inveterate, treated surgically through the lateral incision of Letournel. This approach provides excellent exposure of the acetabulum, the iliac wing, the posterior column, and the anterior column up to the iliopectineal eminence. Nevertheless, the high incidence of often serious complications makes the combined anterior-posterior approach preferable for severe inveterate fractures of the acetabulum.

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