Interested medical professionals can read through the full paper, also published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, here.
Sacral fractures most commonly occur after pelvic ring injuries but occasionally in isolation. Although the true incidence of sacral fractures is unknown, an estimated 30% are identified late. Sequelae of inappropriately treated or untreated sacral fractures include persistent pain, decreased mobility, and neurologic compromise. Because these fractures often result from high-energy trauma, concomitant injuries should be suspected. A thorough physical examination, including a detailed neurologic assessment and radiographic evaluation, is necessary to determine treatment. Computed tomography of the pelvis/sacrum can provide significant information about fracture pattern. Surgical intervention, often as a combination of neural decompression and stabilization, is indicated in patients with neurologic deficits, significant soft-tissue compromise, and lumbosacral instability. Patient satisfaction with surgical intervention has not been definitively documented, although neurologic improvement with timely intervention has been noted.
About Author Dr. Kingsley R. Chin
Dr. Kingsley R. Chin is a board-certified Harvard-trained orthopedic spine surgeon and professor with copious business and information technology experience. He sees a niche opportunity where medicine, business and information technology meet and is uniquely experienced at the intersection of these three professions. He currently serves as Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences at the Charles E. Schmidt School of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University and Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University and has experience as Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and Visiting Professor at the University of the West Indies.
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Scientific Paper Author and Citation Details
- Department of Orthopaedic Surery, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.