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The origins and current applications of classic eponymous terms for pelvic and acetabular fractures: A historic review

Somford, Matthijs P. MD; de Visser, Enrico MD, PhD; IJpma, Frank F.A. MD, PhD

Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery: April 2017 - Volume 82 - Issue 4 - p 802–809
doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000001380
Surgical History

ABSTRACT We present the historical background of 5 eponymous terms in pelvic and acetabular injury treatment. The eponymous terms Duverney fracture, Malgaigne fracture, Judet-Letournel classification, Kocher-Langenbeck approach and Stoppa approach are discussed. After presenting the original description by the coining author, a short biography of the author is given. For each eponymous term the current clinical implication is given and discussed afterwards.

From the Department of Orthopedic Surgery (M.P.S., E.d.V.), Rijnstate Hospital, Arnhem; and Department of Trauma Surgery (F.F.A.I.), UMCG, Groningen, The Netherlands.

Submitted: November 16, 2016, Revised: December 20, 2016, Accepted: December 20, 2016, Published online: January 17, 2017.

Address for reprints: Matthijs P. Somford, MD, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rijnstate Hospital, Wagnerlaan 55, 6815 AD Arnhem, The Netherlands; email:

© 2017 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.