Trauma to the Pelvis: Injuries to the Rectum and Genitourinary Organs

Karen Wu, Joseph A. Posluszny, Jeffrey Branch, Elizabeth Dray, Robert Blackwell, Jessica Hannick, Fred A. Luchette*

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Pelvic trauma is associated with high mortality rates. Blunt pelvic injuries from high-energy mechanisms are often associated with pelvic fractures and injuries to the rectum and genitourinary (GU) tract. In addition, due to close anatomic proximity, penetrating pelvic trauma can injure the bony pelvis, rectum, and GU tract concomitantly. As a result, the assessment and management of pelvic trauma requires a multifaceted approach involving orthopedics, trauma surgery and urology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-15
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Trauma Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015


  • Bladder injury
  • Pelvic fracture
  • Pelvic trauma
  • Rectal trauma
  • Ureteral injury
  • Urethral injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation


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