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Treatment of posterior pelvic ring injuries with minimally invasive percutaneous plate osteosynthesis

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From January 2004 to July 2007, 21 patients with injuries at the posterior pelvic ring were treated with locking compression plate osteosynthesis through a minimally invasive approach and followed up for a mean of 12.2 months. Preoperative and postoperative radiography was conducted to assess the reduction and union. The mean operation time was 60 minutes (range: 40–80). Intraoperative blood loss was 50–150 ml. All patients achieved union at the final follow-up. The overall radiological results were excellent or good in 17 patients (85%). The functional outcome was excellent or good in 18 patients (90%). There was no iatrogenic nerve injury, deep infection or failure of fixation. We believe that fixation with a locking compression plate is an effective method for the treatment of injuries of the posterior pelvic ring in view of its convenience, minimal traumatic invasion and lower morbidity.

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Correspondence to Yang Changwei or Zhang Qiulin.

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Tang Hao and Yang Changwei contributed equally to this paper.

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Hao, T., Changwei, Y. & Qiulin, Z. Treatment of posterior pelvic ring injuries with minimally invasive percutaneous plate osteosynthesis. International Orthopaedics (SICOT) 33, 1435–1439 (2009).

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