Current Geriatrics Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 101–108 | Cite as

Management of Pelvic Ring Fractures in the Geriatric Patient

  • Timothy B. Alton
  • Reza FiroozabadiEmail author
Geriatric Orthopedics (EG Meinberg, Section Editor)


Pelvic fractures in the geriatric population are increasing in incidence. Those resulting from high-energy trauma result in increased mortality rates and can be challenging to manage due to polypharmacy and multiple patient comorbidities. Low energy pelvic fractures can be difficult to diagnose and exceptionally painful for patients. Injury to the posterior pelvis guides management. All patients with fragility fractures should be evaluated for osteoporosis and managed according to established guidelines.


Geriatric Pelvic fracture High-energy Low-energy Evaluation Management Classification Radiographs Stable Unstable Outcomes Operative Nonoperative Osteoporosis 


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Timothy B. Alton and Reza Firoozabadi declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Harborview Medical CenterUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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