Windswept pelvis

Wind-swept pelvis fracture is a combination a unilateral AP compression (open book) injury with a contralateral lateral compression injury. 

It occurs when the internal rotation of one iliac wing causes a unilateral sacral compression fracture, while the same forces cause external rotation of the opposite hemipelvis, resulting in diastasis of the sacroiliac joint. This causes classic “wind-swept pelvis” appearance.

See also

Share article

Article information

rID: 24833
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:

Cases and figures

  • Drag
    Case 1
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Drag
    Case 2
    Drag here to reorder.
  • Updating… Please wait.

    Alert accept

    Error Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

    Alert accept Thank you for updating your details.