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Indianapolis, Indiana 46202


The purpose of this study is to compare subcutaneous internal fixation and open plating of the symphysis in patients with a disruption of the symphysis requiring stabilization.

Study summary:

The aim of this study is to determine whether either one of the two procedures has significant advantages over the other. The null hypothesis of this study is that there is no difference between plating and subcutaneous internal fixation of symphysis disruptions with respect to primary and secondary outcomes. The study is a randomized trial with patients who sustained a symphysis disruption who will randomize to either closed reduction and subcutaneous internal fixation, or open reduction and plating of the symphysis. There will also be two observational arms of the study, patients who do not agree to randomization and will receive internal fixation according to the treating surgeon's discretion and patients with a symphysis disruption that do not require any form of anterior pelvic internal fixation based on the treating surgeon's opinion. Clinical assessments will occur at the time of hospital admission and at all post-operative follow-up intervals (2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6months, 12 months, and 24 months).


Inclusion Criteria: - A symphysis disruption either in the coronal and/or sagittal plane on anterior-posterior , inlet and/or outlet pelvic radiographs - Need for anterior pelvic ring stabilization - Injury amenable to plating as well as subcutaneous internal fixation per the treating surgeon's opinion - Patient was ambulatory prior to sustaining the injury - Provision of informed consent by patient or proxy Exclusion Criteria: - Patients with a slim build with little subcutaneous fat who cannot be treated with a subcutaneous internal fixator based on the treating surgeon's opinion - Patients who are deemed not likely to follow-up (e.g. patients who live more than 50 miles away and patients with no fixed address) - Moderately or severely cognitively impaired patients - Pregnant women - Prisoners



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Michael Zlowodzki, MD
Indiana University Health

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Location Contact:

Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: November 18, 2019

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