Pubic symphysis disruption

Case contributed by Andrew Murphy


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Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Female

Initial imaging

Diastasis of the pubic symphysis, fractures of the superior and inferior pubic rami bilaterally.


Follow up flamigo views

There is disruption of the pubic symphysis, with a notably wide diastasis seen between the individual flamingo views consistent with significant disruption of the ligamentous structures of the symphysis, which widens to a distance of 24 mm on the left foot up view. 


Post operative imaging

Screw plate fixation seen to the bilateral superior pubic rami.

Case Discussion

The 'flamingo view' although seldom utilized, is a specialized orthopedic projection of the pelvis to screen for instability of the pubic symphysis.

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Case information

rID: 54883
Published: 26th Aug 2017
Last edited: 26th Aug 2017
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Princess Alexandra Hospital

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