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Current Issue Article, Volume 21, Issue 1, March 2018

Surgical Treatment of Unstable Posterior Wall Acetabular Fractures

Samir A. Elshoura*, Osman A. Mohamed, Fathy H. Salama, and Mohamed A. Hassan


Background: Acetabular fractures are severe injuries, generally caused by high-energy trauma, most frequently from traffic accidents or falls from heights. Fractures of the extremities, head, chest, abdomen and pelvic ring injuries are most commonly associated injuries. Aim: To evaluate the results of surgical treatment of unstable posterior wall fractures with open reduction and internal fixation. Patients and Methods: In this study, 16 patients with unstable posterior wall acetabular fractures. As regard age of the patients, it ranged from 20- 60 years with mean 32.8±9.12 years. They were 12 males and 4 females. The cause of trauma was road traffic acci-dent (RTA) in all patients. All patients were operated upon with open reduction and internal fixation using reconstruction plates and cancellous screws for treatment posterior acetabular fracture in the period from March 2014 to March 2016 with follow up period ranging from 2 months to 2 years. Results: Satisfactory functional outcome was obtained in 12 cases, excellent in 5 and good in 7 cases, while unsatisfactory functional outcome was obtained in 4 cases, fair in 3 and poor in one. Conclusions: Open reduction and internal fixation is an effective method for treatment of unstable posterior acetabular wall fractures. Surgical treatment leads to early re-habilitation and avoiding complications as osteoarthritis Keywords: Fracture of posterior wall acetabulum; open reduction; internal fixation