Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®

, Volume 472, Issue 1, pp 35–38 | Cite as

Classifications in Brief: Letournel Classification for Acetabular Fractures

  • Timothy B. AltonEmail author
  • Albert O. Gee
In Brief


In December 1961, Letournel [10] published his original series on acetabular fracture classification and operative management. Before that time, acetabular fractures were classified as those associated with posterior hip dislocation and those associated with central hip dislocation. Many were treated without surgery, resulting in poor articular congruity of the hip. Citing an increasing incidence of these injuries with the increasing number of automobiles on the road and “disappointment with the closed treatment of these fractures, we [Judet et al.] decided to try open reduction” [8]. Their series included 173 patients, 129 of whom were treated surgically. Pelvic radiographs were correlated with surgical findings. The anterior and posterior columns of the acetabulum were defined based on the radiographic projections of normal and fractured acetabula on three views: AP pelvic film and internal and external 45° obliques (Judet views). Seven acetabular fracture patterns were...


Fracture Pattern Acetabular Fracture Posterior Column Intraobserver Reliability Posttraumatic Arthritis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedics and Sports MedicineUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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