A method for management of extraperitoneal pelvic bleeding secondary to penetrating trauma

Richard P. Gonzalez, Michele R. Holevar, Mark E. Falimirski, Gary J. Merlotti

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Several techniques for tile management of bleeding from extraperitoneal pelvic bullet tracks have been described in the literature. Some methods described include packing followed by direct control of the bleeding and use of thumbtacks. These methods often incur significant blood loss and prolonged operative times. We present our experience with an alternative method, which involves tamponade of the bleeding using a Foley catheter. This method has been used on 11 consecutive patients with successful control of life- threatening hemorrhage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)338-341
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 1997


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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