Treatment of Locked Pubic Symphysis by Distraction Osteotomy of the Superior Pubic Ramus: A Case Report.JBJS Case Connect. 2020 Apr-Jun; 10(2):e0196.JC
An 18-year-old adolescent sustained a lateral compression injury to the pelvis that featured a locked pubic symphysis with plastic deformation of the sacrum. The pubic bone was entrapped in the opposite obturator foramen and required a novel distraction osteotomy of the superior ramus to restore the symphysis. The patient developed a urethral stricture 3 months after injury that required urethroplasty. The symphysis remained in alignment without any morbidity at the osteotomy site over 13 months of follow-up.
Locked pubic symphysis is frequently associated with urethral injuries. The distraction osteotomy of the superior pubic ramus described is a viable reduction maneuver that neutralizes the plastic deformation forces.