Pelvic fractures constitute 3 percent of all skeletal fractures and about 5 percent of patients admitted to hospitals because of trauma have pelvic fractures. 1 These fractures and concomitant injuries are a frequent cause of death from blunt trauma sustained in automobile accidents. Fortunately, the mortality has decreased. Most pelvic fractures are secondary to automobile passenger or pedestrian accidents, but about one-third are the result of minor falls in older persons and from major falls or industrial accidents.2 This chapter discusses the most common fractures of the pelvis, femur, and hip, the mechanisms of injury, radiologic evaluation, and treatment.
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