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The FFP-classification: From eminence to evidence

Published:September 21, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.injury.2021.09.016

      Abstract

      Fragility fractures of the pelvis (FFP) are a clinical entity with a rapidly growing incidence among elderly women. The characteristics of these fractures are different from those appearing after high-energy trauma. In 2013, the comprehensive FFP-classification provided a new framework for analysis of these fractures. It is based on the estimation of loss of stability in the pelvic ring. It is connected with recommendations for surgical treatment, justified by the fact that higher instabilities will need surgical stabilization. Since ist appearance, we can observe an increasing clinical-scientific interest in FFP. Multiple publications use the FFP-classification studying the characteristics of fractures, choice of treatment and outcome. Other studies focus on minimal-invasive techniques for stabilization. The actual knowledge describes higher mortality rates as the reference population, lower mortality rates after operative treatment but for the price of surgery-related complications. Mobility, independency and quality of life are worse than before the fracture, independent of the FFP-classification and the type of treatment. The classification triggered a rapid increase of expertise. This publication gives a detailed overview on the evolution from eminence to evidence.

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