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Supra-Acetabular Pelvic External Fixator- is it safe?

Volume 2 - Issue 5

Elaine Soh Zi Fan*, Rizal Abdul Rani and Noor Hamdan Mohamad Yahaya

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    • Department of Orthopaedic and Traumatology, National University of Malaysia, Malaysia

    *Corresponding author: Elaine Soh Zi Fan, Department of Orthopaedic and Traumatology, National University of Malaysia, Level 9, Department of Orthopaedic, Hospital University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Jalan Yaacob Latiff, 56000 Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Received: February 18, 2018;   Published: March 05, 2018

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2018.02.000816

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Pelvic external fixator is used for stabilisation of pelvic fracture. Iliac crest placement of pin is commonly used but supra-acetabular pin placement is becoming more popular as it can offer more stability, avoiding irritation to abdominal soft tissue and prevent disruption to the skin over iliac crest especially if anterior approaches to the sacroiliac joint are planned for future surgery. However, there is risk of hip septic arthritis due to proximity of the pin to the hip capsule but cases are rarely reported. This case report highlights the importance of correct placement of pin and the possibilities of hip septic arthritis as a complication of supra-cetabular pin.

Keywords: Supra-Acetabular Pin; Septic Arthritis

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