The pathological anatomy of Malgaigne fracture-dislocations of the pelvis

R. W. Bucholz

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Despite renewed interest in the reduction and external fixation of pelvic disruptions, anatomical studies of such injuries are lacking. Of 150 consecutive victims of multiple trauma examined at autopsy, forty-seven (31 per cent) were found to have a pelvic injury. Twenty-six of the thirty-two cadavers that were examined radiographically and dissected had a double break in the pelvic ring (Malgairgne pattern). An anatomical classification based on the degree of posterior injury to the ring is proposed. Anatomical reduction of the posterior fracture-dislocation by external manipulation was impossible in the majority of cadavers because of either ligamentous or osseous interposition, or both, in the sacro-iliac joint, or because of triplane displacement of the hemipelvis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)400-404
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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