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Management of acetabular fractures and pelvic injuries

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Rahul Kakkar MBChB, MRCS, Jennifer Cochrane MBChB, Paul Banaszkiewicz FRCS (Tr&Orth) FAcadMEd DipClinEd
Foundation Years Journal, volume 6, issue 3, p.6 (123Doc Education, London, March 2012)


The majority of pelvic ring fractures are due to high-energy blunt trauma. Disruption of the retroperitoneal arteries and venous plexus with compromise of pelvic ring integrity can lead to massive blood loss. We provide a case presentation of such an injury to better guide Foundation doctors in their management of such injuries.
Fractures of the acetabulum involve the joint surface of the pelvis. In terms of presentation and management these are different injuries compared to pelvic ring fractures and this is explored in the case presentation.

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Rahul Kakkar MBChB, MRCS

ST6 Orthopaedics
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Northern Deanery

Jennifer Cochrane MBChB

Foundation year 2 doctor
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Northern Deanery

Paul Banaszkiewicz FRCS (Tr&Orth) FAcadMEd DipClinEd

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon
Dept of Trauma and Orthopaedics
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Gateshead, NE9 6SX




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