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Keywords

Bladder trauma, Blunt abdominal trauma, Pelvic fracture, Ruptured bladder

 

Authors

  1. Cornelius, Brian G. BSN, RN, CCRN, EMT-P

ABSTRACT

Traumatic bladder laceration commonly occurs because of blunt trauma with associated pelvic fracture. The incidence of bladder laceration without pelvic fracture is less than 10%. Although high mortality (44%) existed in the past, a timely diagnosis with appropriate medical and surgical management now offers an excellent outcome. Early clinical suspicion, appropriate and reliable radiologic studies, and prompt surgical intervention, when indicated, are the keys to successful diagnosis and management.