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Acetabular fractures in children: a review of the literature.

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Klinik für Unfallchirurgie, Orthopädie und Handchirurgie, Klinikum der Stadt Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany.


Injury to the acetabular growth plate is rare. Accordingly, data on the incidence in the literature are controverse. Other difficulties include the clear definition of a pediatric acetabular injury. The modified classification according to Salter-Harris described by Bucholz is used in immature patients. The majority of these injuries can be treated conservatively. In severely displaced injuries or in the presence of intra-articular pathologies open procedures are recommended. The main long-term complication is the development of posttraumatic acetabular dysplasia which should be early detected by regular check-ups until the completion of growth. Overall, the long-term results are satisfactory.

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