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Re-ossification of the pelvis following hemipelvectomy for trauma

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We present a patient who underwent delayed sub-periosteal hemipelvectomy for control of infection and to enable soft-tissue cover after trauma. At four months after amputation, clinical examination and radiographs demonstrated almost complete re-ossification of the hemipelvis. This has allowed the patient to regain sitting balance and to use a walking prosthesis designed for patients following disarticulation of the hip. After 14 months from injury, no perineal hernia has developed, and no dysfunction of pelvic organs is attributable to heterotopic bone formation or adhesions.

The patient’s mobility with a prosthesis is similar to that expected of a through-hip amputee.

Correspondence should be sent to Mr G. Wansbrough; e-mail: guy@wansbrough.com

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