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Pelvic and scrotal trauma: CT and triage of patients

Authors
  • Ezra, Navid1
  • Afari, Arash1
  • Wong, Jimmie1
  • 1 UCLA School of Medicine, Abdominopelvic Radiology and Non-Vascular Interventions, Los Angeles, CA, USA , Los Angeles (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Abdominal Imaging
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jun 10, 2008
Volume
34
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00261-008-9417-3
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Traumatic dislocation of the testicles was first reported during crush injury but is now more commonly related to motor vehicle accidents. Approximately 55 cases had been reported by 2003. Virtually no papers discuss the role of CT in the rapid diagnosis of penoscrotal trauma, although most polytrauma or “pelvic trauma” patients are rapidly evaluated by CT in the emergency room setting. As more patients with pelvic trauma are triaged and evaluated using CT scanners with greater multidetector capability, more patients will be seen with testicular injury. It is important for the emergency physicians, radiologists, and traumatologists not to overlook unsuspected cases of penoscrotal injury which are typically initially evaluated by history, physical exam, and ultrasound. We describe a recent case of initial diagnosis of bilateral testicular dislocation from blunt trauma using modern multidetector CT imaging technique.

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