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Acetabular fractures in the elderly: evaluation and management.

Acetabular fracture patterns in the elderly, with increased involvement of the anterior column, quadrilateral plate comminution, medialization of the femoral head, and marginal impaction, differ from those noted among a younger cohort. Poor prognostic factors for open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) are posterior wall comminution, marginal impaction of the acetabulum, a femoral head impaction fracture, a so-called gull sign, and hip dislocation. The rate of conversion to total hip arthroplasty following formal ORIF has been reported to be 22% at a mean of twenty-nine months. Total hip replacement after an acetabular fracture generally yields good clinical results; however, in the acute setting, it must be combined with proper stable fracture fixation.

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