Fractures of the acetabulum in osteogenesis imperfecta

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Abstract

We describe two patients aged 16 and 25 years with osteogenesis imperfecta who sustained displaced fractures of the acetabulum following minor trauma. The femoral heads were deformed by impact against the acetabular margin and both cases underwent surgical reconstruction. The quality of the bone and soft tissues made the operations challenging. There were potential complications specific to osteogenesis imperfecta, including bleeding, the creation of secondary fracture lines and shredding of the soft-tissue. The cases provide useful guidelines for addressing these difficulties.

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