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Clinical features

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The clinical features one may find in a patient with a pelvic fracture are as follows;

  • severe shock due to visceral damage and significant haemorrhage
  • local bruising and swelling extending into the thigh, perineum, scrotum or labia
  • bleeding from the urethra
  • abdominal tenderness
  • pain on springing of the pelvis
  • abnormal position of or pain in the sacrum and coccyx on per rectum examination
  • high riding prostate indicating urethral tear on rectal examination in men
  • neurological damage to the lumbosacral plexus

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