A polytrauma patient with an unusual posterior fracture-dislocation of the femoral head: A case report

Juan Rodriguez-Martin, Juan Pretell-Mazzini, Miguel Angel Porras-Moreno, Yolanda Hernanz-Gonzalez, Carlos Resines-Erasun

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We report a case of a 27-year-old man who was involved in a high-speed car accident. He sustained multiple organ damage including multiple brain petechiae suggesting diffuse axonal damage, aortic dissection, retroperitoneal haematoma and a fracture-dislocation of the right hip with a femoral head fracture and an ipsilateral intertrochanteric fracture. Due to the general condition of the patient, physiological stabilisation was prioritized, and at 2 weeks the fracture-dislocation of the hip was treated with a proximal femoral nail for the intertrochanteric fracture and Herbert screws for the femoral head fracture. Postoperatively, two episodes of recurrent hip dislocation occurred, and this was stabilized eventually with a Steinman pin inserted across the hip joint and taken out 1 month later. Weight-bearing was allowed according to clinical and radiographical assessments. Heterotopic ossification developed around the hip joint, but without evidence of AVN or osteoarthritis. At 18-months follow-up, the fractures had healed and the patient had a Harris Hip score of 79.1. Anatomical reduction and stable fixation of fracture-dislocations of the hip are important for achieving an acceptable result.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-51
Number of pages5
JournalStrategies in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Femoral head fracture
  • Heterotopic ossification
  • Hip dislocation
  • Prognosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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