Dr. Mullis describes the possible complications associated with an acetabular fracture.
The biggest risk is arthritis. Again, it’s a high-energy injury and so, there may be other injuries that put your life at risk, but you won’t die from an acetabular fracture itself whereas you could be at risk from a pelvis fracture. So the main risk for an acetabular fracture is arthritis. With a pelvis fracture, many times at least the early concern is that it is a life-threatening injury.
About Dr. Mullis, M.D.:
Dr. Brian Mullis, M.D., is the Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma Service and Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. He has a special clinical interest in orthopaedic trauma and post-traumatic complications with a focus on pelvis and acetabulum fractures, peri-articular fractures of both upper and lower extremity, bone healing, nonunions, malunions, deformity and post-traumatic infections.
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