Asymmetric Bilateral Hip Dislocations With an Associated Unstable Pelvic Ring Injury: A Case Report

Cureus. 2022 Jul 27;14(7):e27344. doi: 10.7759/cureus.27344. eCollection 2022 Jul.


Asymmetric bilateral hip dislocations are unusually rare injuries in isolation; however, they are even less often associated with unstable pelvic ring injuries. We report a case of asymmetric bilateral hip dislocations with an associated unstable pelvic ring injury and femoral head fracture in a 46-year-old male after being struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian. These injury patterns are typically the result of high-energy trauma, often seen in motor vehicle accidents. A thorough trauma evaluation, including proper radiographic and clinical evaluations, is necessary for the workup of these patients. This case presents an unusual combination of injuries that are associated with severe, potentially life-threatening complications. Ensuring a timely diagnosis and the initiation of early, proper management are essential in preventing poor outcomes in these patients.

Keywords: anterior hip dislocation; bilateral hip dislocation; femoral head fracture; femoral head fracture-dislocation; hip dislocations; internal iliac artery; internal pudendal artery; pelvic ring injury; posterior hip dislocation; unstable pelvic ring injury.

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