Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Orthopedic Teaching

Pelvis/Hip Case 9 Background

Pubic ramus fractures, described as either inferior or superior pubic ramus fractures, are the most common type of pelvic fracture. These normally occur in elderly patients after low impact trauma, typically a fall from standing position. They are considered stable fractures [2].

An important aspect of evaluation is not to miss additional pelvic injuries, particularly acetabular fractures if a superior ramus fracture is near the acetabulum.