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Contrecoup haemorrhage in a patient with left pubic fracture but right obturator artery bleeding
  1. Ying C Huang1,
  2. Peter Liu1,
  3. Jenn-Shyan Su2,
  4. Yi-Lii Lin3
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Chiayi Christian Hospital, Taiwan
  2. 2Department of Surgery, Chiayi Christian Hospital, Taiwan
  3. 3Department of Radiology, Chiayi Christian Hospital, Taiwan
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Ying C Huang
 86 Golden Dragon Street, Chiayi City, 60069, Taiwan; Galaxy.bear{at}msa.hinet.net

Abstract

Contrecoup injury following head trauma is well known. It is caused by the acceleration–deceleration mechanism that can be fully explained by Newton’s first law of motion. We report on a victim of a motor vehicle accident with non-displacement left pubis fracture but haemorrhage from the right obturator artery. Contrecoup haemorrhage should be excluded first in unstable patients without evidence of significant trauma but with a minor pelvic fracture.

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