Current treatment of gunshot wounds to the hip and pelvis.
Gunshot wounds to the pelvis can result in injuries to various organ systems. These injuries require the care of a multispecialty trauma team at a trauma center. Orthopaedic care includes wound treatment, fracture stabilization, and infection prophylaxis. Wound care is determined by the personality of the injury, and not solely based on the velocity of the missile. Antibiotic treatment usually is indicated for patients with gunshot wounds to the pelvis, but is controversial in patients with low-energy wounds. Fractures are treated based on their stability. Regional consideration of pelvic gunshot wounds includes injuries with associated abdominal viscus injury, intraarticular bullets, and retained bullets in the spinal canal.
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