The long-term clinical outcome after pelvic ring injuries

T. Dienstknecht, R. Pfeifer, K. Horst, R. M. Sellei, A. Berner, B. A. Zelle, C. Probst, H. C. Pape

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We report the functional and socioeconomic long-term outcome of patients with pelvic ring injuries. We identified 109 patients treated at a Level I trauma centre between 1973 and 1990 with multiple blunt orthopaedic injuries including an injury to the pelvic ring, with an Injury Severity Score (ISS) of ≥ 16. These patients were invited for clinical review at a minimum of ten years after the initial injury, at which point functional results, general health scores and socioeconomic factors were assessed. In all 33 isolated anterior (group A), 33 isolated posterior (group P) and 43 combined anterior/posterior pelvic ring injuries (group A/P) were included. The mean age of the patients at injury was 28.8 years (5 to 55) and the mean ISS was 22.7 (16 to 44). At review the mean Short-Form 12 physical component score for the A/P group was 38.71 (22.12 to 56.56) and the mean Hannover Score for Polytrauma Outcome subjective score was 67.27 (12.48 to 147.42), being significantly worse compared with the other two groups (p = 0.004 and p = 0.024, respectively). A total of 42 patients (39%) had a limp and 12 (11%) required crutches. Car or public transport usage was restricted in 16 patients (15%). Overall patients in groups P and A/P had a worse outcome. The long-term outcome of patients with posterior or combined anterior/posterior pelvic ring injuries is poorer than of those with an isolated anterior injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)548-553
Number of pages6
JournalBone and Joint Journal
Volume95 B
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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