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Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg. 2019 Aug;25(5):489-496. doi: 10.5505/tjtes.2018.72505.

Correlation of pelvic fractures and associated injuries: An analysis of 471 pelvic trauma patients.

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Department of General Surgery, Dışkapı Yıldırım Beyazıt Training and Research Hospital, Ankara-Turkey.
Department of Orthopaedics, Dışkapı Yıldırım Beyazıt Training and Research Hospital, Ankara-Turkey.
Department of Radiology, Dışkapı Yıldırım Beyazıt Training and Research Hospital, Ankara-Turkey.
Department of Medical Biostatistics, Yıldırım Beyazıt University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara-Turkey.



In most respects, the vast majority of pelvic injuries is not of a life-threatening status, but co-presence of other injuries needs to be diagnosed. This study aims to evaluate associated pelvic and extra-pelvic visceral organ injuries of the patients with closed pelvic fractures.


This retrospective study was conducted with 471 adult patients who had been admitted to our Emergency Service with the diagnosis of pelvic fractures. Type of fractures, accompanying visceral organ injuries, the demographic data, type of operation, mortality rates were recorded and analysed statistically.


The rate of operations carried out by the general surgery clinic or other surgical clinics in each type of fracture according to AO classification did not differ (p=0.118). In patients with A2, A3 and B1 types of fractures, the operation rate of general surgery clinic did not show a significant difference. However, most of the patients who had extrapelvic surgery were in the mild severity pelvic trauma, such as AO A2 and A3. A total of 31 patients were ex-patients, 17 of whom had AO-A2 type of fractures. The findings showed that there was a significant difference between abdominal ultrasonography outcome that was normal and non-orthopedic surgery types (p<0.001). There was no significant difference between the types of surgery performed and Abdominal CT outcome, which was normal (p=0.215).


In the management of patients with pelvic fractures irrespective of its type or grade, the findings suggests that greater attention should be paid to not to overlook the associated injuries. Early blood and imaging tests are encouraged after the patient's hemodynamic status is stabilized.

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