Acetabular Fracture in a 16-Year-Old Secondary to an All-Terrain Vehicle Accident

This article presents a brief case report of an acetabular fracture in a 16-year-old boy who was injured when the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was driving flipped over. The vehicle flipped while traveling approximately 45 mph; he was thrown from the vehicle and landed on his left hip. He was wearing a helmet and sustained no head injury. Although he immediately experienced severe pain over his left hip, he was able to walk to his car and drive home. He presented to the emergency department after 7 days of pain and inability to walk. The authors describe the presenting symptoms and the results of both radiography and CT scan of the injury. The diagnostic tests showed a comminuted fracture through the midportion of the left acetabulum, with no displacement of the femoral head. He underwent two surgeries, approximately 3 weeks apart. At one year follow up, the patient was ambulatory and had only occasional hip pain that was well controlled with ibuprofen.

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    • Adams, Richard J
    • Attia, Magdy
  • Publication Date: 2008-1


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  • Accession Number: 01103544
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2008 5:24PM