An 89-year-old woman presented with a stable fracture of the pelvis following a low energy trauma. The patient was taking no anticoagulation medication and was found to have life-threatening pelvic bleeding which required embolisation. Stable pelvic fractures following low energy trauma are common injuries in the elderly and frequently require admission for pain relief and mobility management. This case highlights that severe pelvic bleeding is a possible, life-threatening sequela after low energy pelvic injury in the elderly, and careful attention must be paid to the signs of active haemorrhage.
- Fractures and dislocations
- spine and pelvis
- Accepted 2 March 2010
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Competing interests None.
Patient consent Obtained.
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