We present the case of a thirteen-year-old female who sustained a posterior wall acetabular fracture dislocation. She underwent urgent closed reduction and subsequent uncomplicated open reduction and internal fixation. Post reduction computed tomography demonstrated a concentrically reduced hip joint with no evidence of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). She subsequently healed her fracture and returned to running activities; however, one year later presented with aching pain in her thigh. Radiographs demonstrated the development of a large osseous prominence on her anterolateral femoral neck consistent with femoroacetabular impingement. Based on these findings she was evaluated by a hip preservation specialist. She subsequently underwent successful hip arthroscopy for labral repair and femoral osteochondroplasty. She was eventually able to return to running sports with little pain.
We present a case of FAI presenting as a complication of acetabular fracture fixation. This should be discussed with patients presenting with traumatic hip dislocations as a possible complication of surgical fixation or possibly of the injury itself.
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Zuelzer, David A.; Hayes, Christopher B.; Wright, Raymond D.; and Duncan, Stephen T., "Femoroacetabular Impingement as a Complication of Acetabular Fracture Fixation" (2018). Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Faculty Publications. 16.