Unstable pelvic ring injuries are relatively rare injuries, but they constitute a major cause of death and disability in high-energy polytrauma patients Massive hemorrhage is the leading cause of potentially preventable death following a blunt pelvic trauma. The overall aim of surgical treatment for unstable pelvic ring injuries is to restore the pelvic anatomy and perform neural decompression, thus allowing normal function with a low rate of complications. This doctoral thesis was initiated to investigate the outcomes of acute and definitive management strategies for unstable pelvic ring injuries. The first study investigated the radiological and functional results of treating type B and C pelvic injuries with an anterior external fixation frame. The second study focused on identifying factors for early predictions of mortality-related outcome and prognosis in patients with pelvic fracture-related arterial bleeding that were treated with transcatheter angiographic embolization (TAE). The third study investigated the outcomes of type C pelvic fractures treated with standardized reduction and internal fixation methods. The fourth study evaluated outcomes and identified prognostic factors for operatively-treated, H-shaped sacral fractures with spinopelvic dissociation. Study I showed that an anterior external fixator failed to achieve and properly maintain reduction in 75% of type B open book injuries and in nearly all (95%) type C pelvic ring injuries. Therefore, an external frame is not a suitable method of treatment for the most unstable pelvic ring injuries as a definitive treatment. The current clinical applications of anterior pelvic external fixators comprise the resuscitation phase, initial fracture stabilization phase, and sometimes, in complex injuries (type C), the definitive phase for fixation of the anterior part of the pelvic ring, in conjunction with posterior internal fixation. Study II of pelvic fracture related arterial bleedings showed that the worst prognosis was related to exsanguinating bleeding from the main trunk of the internal or external iliac artery (large pelvic arteries) or from multiple branches of the internal or external iliac vasculature (high vessel size score). Definitive control of arterial bleeding was achieved with TAE in all patients. In massive hemorrhage with several bleeding arteries uni- or bilaterally, it is reasonable to use non-selective embolization by promptly occluding the main trunk of the internal iliac artery, either uni- or bilaterally. Study III of operatively treated type C pelvic fractures revealed that, internal fixation of injuries in the posterior and anterior pelvic ring provided excellent or good radiological results in 90% of cases. Additionally, because a reduction with displacement less than or equal to 5 mm was more often associated with a good functional outcome, that should be the goal of operative management. However, the prognosis is also often dependent on associated injuries, particularly a permanent lumbosacral plexus injury. The results favoured internal fixation of all the injured elements of the pelvis for improved stability and a more accurate anatomical result in the entire pelvic ring. The H-shaped sacral fracture with spinopelvic dissociation is a rare injury pattern. Study IV revealed that lumbopelvic fixation was a reliable treatment method. The study also showed that neurological recovery and clinical outcome were associated with the degree of initial translational displacement of the transverse sacral fracture component. Permanent neurological deficits were more frequent and the clinical outcome was worst in completely displaced transverse sacral fractures. An accurate operative reduction of all sacral fracture components was associated with better neurological recovery and clinical outcome. We conclude, that with appropriate treatment of unstable pelvic ring injuries, and associated injuries in other organs, it is possible to achieve better survival rates and functional results, and to reduce long-term disability.
|Tila||Julkaistu - 2015|
|OKM-julkaisutyyppi||G5 Tohtorinväitöskirja (artikkeli)|
- 3126 Kirurgia, anestesiologia, tehohoito, radiologia