Major vascular injuries secondary to pelvic fractures: An unsolved clinical problem

David A. Rothenberger, Ronald P. Fischer, John F. Perry

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Twelve patients sustained sixteen pelvic fracture-related iliac and femoral arterial (5) and venous (11) injuries. Death was due in large part to delays in recognition and direct operative control of the major vascular disruption. Prompt operative exploration of all pedestrians admitted in hemorrhagic shock with open pelvic fractures characterized by a double break in the pelvic ring should reduce the 83 per cent mortality currently associated with this combination of injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)660-662
Number of pages3
JournalThe American Journal of Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1978

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Funding Information:
From the Department of Surgery, St. Paul-Ramsey Hospital.St. Paul, and the Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota Health Sciences Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. This work was supported by the Saint Paul-Ramsey Hospital Medical Education and Research Foundation.


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