Judet and Letournel classification for acetabular fractures
The Judet and Letournel classification is the most widely used classification of acetabular fractures.
It is based on three radiographic views (anteroposterior view, obturator oblique view and Iliac oblique view) and classifies acetabular fractures into ten major fracture patterns, which consist of five simple patterns and five complex patterns.
The five simple fractures are the following:
- Posterior wall
- Posterior column
- Anterior column
- Anterior wall
The five associated patterns are combinations of the simple patterns:
- Posterior column + posterior wall fractures
- Transverse + posterior wall fractures
- T-shaped fracture
- Anterior wall/column + posterior hemitransverse fracture
- Bilateral-column fracture
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