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Review Question - QID 213907

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QID 213907 (Type "213907" in App Search)
A 30-year-old male is brought to your emergency department following a motor vehicle collision at high speed. He is intubated in the field for airway protection but is hemodynamically stable. Subsequent workup shows a displaced acetabular fracture, in addition to an intra-cranial bleed and liver laceration which do not require surgery. When placing an antegrade anterior column screw, what radiographic view should be used to avoid intra-pelvic screw penetration?

Iliac oblique view with hip and knee flexed



Iliac oblique inlet view



Obturator oblique view with hip and knee flexed



Obturator oblique outlet view



Obturator oblique inlet view



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The iliac oblique inlet view will best show the the anterior-posterior placement of an anterior column ramus screw.

Percutaneous and limited-open acetabular fixation is becoming increasingly common as it avoids the morbidity of extensile pelvic dissection and allows early mobilization. However, it relies heavily on a mastery of radiographic landmarks and ability to interpret these images to reduce fracture fragments without direct visualization. Slight deviations of the fluoroscopy beam and/or fracture displacement will distort the radiographic image. Without a facile ability to interpret these and make appropriate adjustments, percutaneous fixation will be extremely onerous.

Starr et al. described their early techniques for percutaneous and limited-open acetabular fixation. They first implemented this for minimally displaced fracture patterns but have expanded these to a wider range of pathology. They cite the benefit of earlier mobilization in the poly-traumatized patient as great use for this technique.

Mauffrey et al. reviewed radiograph utilization during acetabular fracture care. Though CT has added tremendously to demonstrating subtleties of acetabular fractures, they state the use of AP and orthogonal iliac and obturator oblique Judet views cannot be overlooked. Interpreting these radiographs allows the surgeon to recreate 2-dimensional images into a 3-dimensional fracture pattern and better understand the character of the injury.

Illustrations A and B demonstrate the iliac oblique inlet view and obturator oblique outlet views, respectively.
Illustration C demonstrates the relationship of the critical structures at risk of injury during anterior column screw placement. Illustrations D and E show the starting point with screw trajectory, and position of the hip during posterior column screw.

Incorrect Answers:
Answers 1 and 3- These would be utilized when placing a posterior column screw.
Answer 4- This view would show the supra-acetabular corridor with help with the starting point for external fixator placement.
Answer 5- This shows the inner and outer tables of the iliac wing and confirms pins have not violated the cortex.

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