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The utility of clinical examination in screening for pelvic fractures in blunt trauma.

Authors
  • Gonzalez, Richard P
  • Fried, Peter Q
  • Bukhalo, Mikhail
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2002
Volume
194
Issue
2
Pages
121–125
Identifiers
PMID: 11848627
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

1) Clinical examination of the pelvis can reliably rule out significant pelvic fracture in the awake and alert blunt trauma patient. 2) The addition of routine A-P pelvic x-ray does not improve the sensitivity in diagnosis of surgically significant pelvic fractures nor does it have significant impact on outcomes of pelvic fracture patients. 3) Elevated ethanol level is not a contraindication to use of clinical examination as a screening modality for pelvic fractures in the awake and alert blunt trauma patient.

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