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Cureus. 2018 Oct 2;10(10):e3399. doi: 10.7759/cureus.3399.

Deployment of a Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta Device in a Case of Gunshot Wound Injury to a Horseshoe Kidney.

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Miscellaneous, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, USA.
Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, USA.


A horseshoe kidney (HSK) is a urological malformation that is typically found incidentally after a traumatic injury due to its asymptomatic nature. We present a 25-year-old male with multiorgan injuries secondary to blunt abdominal trauma caused by a gunshot wound. We report the courses of action taken that led to the identification of the HSK and other associated intra-abdominal injuries and the subsequent surgical management. Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) is an improving minimally invasive technique that was used to control hemorrhage in the early preoperative stages and during surgical repair of the injuries. Multiorgan injuries that involve an HSK are uncommon. Our interest in the case relies on the rarity and unique aspects of the injuries and the recovery of the patient following the use of REBOA.


blunt abdominal trauma; gunshot wound; horseshoe kidney; reboa

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The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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