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Bull Hosp Jt Dis (2013). 2016 Mar;74(1):6-11.

A Review of the Definitive Treatment of Pelvic Fractures.


Pelvic ring injuries can result in significant morbidity and mortality. New techniques, technologies, and research have led to the development of various algorithms to guide the initial diagnosis and management of these injuries. These include treatment with antibiotics and operative debridement in the case of open fractures and temporary stabilization in certain cases with sheets, binders, or external fixators. Yet even after successful completion of the initial treatment phase, identifying and implementing the optimal definitive treatment of pelvic ring injuries remains a challenge. Various classification schemes have been proposed and contribute in different ways to an understanding of pelvic ring injuries. The current paper will review the definitive management of pelvic ring injuries, ultimately using the Young and Burgess classification as a guide, with a focus on current practice and the supporting evidence.

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