Occult rectal perforation in a major pelvic fracture

Nabil A. Ebraheim, Edward R. Savolaine, Joseph R. Rusin, W. Thomas Jackson, Juan A. Asensio

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Major pelvic fractures are a common sequela of motor vehicle accidents. Hemorrhage, sepsis, and laceration of viscera contribute significantly to the patient’s morbidity and mortality and should be promptly evaluated. Early use of computed tomography is helpful in establishing the integrity of viscera and tissue planes. Knowledge of the retroperitoneal pathways of spread of disease may significantly accelerate primary repairs and subsequent early return of function. A case illustrating these concepts is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)340-343
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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