U-shaped sacral fracture: an easily missed fracture with high morbidity. A report of two cases

Hussin, P.; Chan, C.Y.W.; Saw, L.B.; Kwan, M.K. (2009) U-shaped sacral fracture: an easily missed fracture with high morbidity. A report of two cases. Emergency Medicine Journal, 26 (9). pp. 677-678. ISSN 1472-0205

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Abstract

U-shaped sacral fracture is a very rare injury. This injury is easily missed and the diagnosis is often delayed as it is difficult to detect on the anteroposterior view of the pelvic radiograph. It is highly unstable and neurological injury is common. Two cases of U-shaped sacral fractures are reported here in which the diagnosis was delayed resulting in the late development of cauda equina syndrome. In these two cases, full recoveries were achieved following surgical decompression. A high index of suspicion with proper clinical and radiographic assessments will decrease the incidence of missed diagnosis and prevent the occurrence of delayed neurological deficits.

Item Type: Article
Creators:
  1. Hussin, P.
  2. Chan, C.Y.W.
  3. Saw, L.B.
  4. Kwan, M.K.(Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA)
Journal or Publication Title: Emergency Medicine Journal
Additional Information: ISI Document Delivery No.: 485WX Times Cited: 4 Cited Reference Count: 4 Hussin, P. Chan, C. Y. W. Saw, L. B. Kwan, M. K. B m j publishing group London
Uncontrolled Keywords: Management
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms azrahani halim
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2014 09:08
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2014 09:08
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/11076

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