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Bull NYU Hosp Jt Dis. 2010;68(4):281-91.

Diagnosis and management of pelvic fractures.

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  • 1Department of OrthopaedicSurgery, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, 301 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003, USA.


The diagnostic and therapeutic modalities utilized in the management of pelvic ring fractures depend on patient characteristics, mechanism of injury, and hemodynamic status at the time of presentation. Knowledge of the complex anatomy and biomechanics of pelvic stability may guide appropriate initial management strategies. Even with the development of specific treatment algorithms and advances in both diagnostic and operative techniques, fractures of the pelvis continue to cause significant morbidity and mortality. The current paper reviews the diagnosis and management of pelvic ring fractures, focusing on current concepts with respect to initial assessment and treatment protocols, including the identification of associated injuries and emergency methods of provisional pelvic stabilization.

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