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Pelvic Bone Fracture Overview

What is a pelvic bone fracture?
A person with pelvic bone fracture has a break in one of the bones that make up the pelvis. The pelvis supports the spinal column and forms the hip joints. A severe pelvic bone fracture can cause internal bleeding, a bladder injury, or a rectal injury. Common causes of pelvic bone fracture include automobile accidents, falls, and sports.

What are the symptoms of a pelvic bone fracture?
Symptoms of a pelvic bone fracture include pelvic pain that worsens with walking, back pain, hip pain, and leg pain. Usually, the pain is worse while walking or standing. Additional symptoms of pelvic fracture may include an abdominal bruise and difficulty walking. Symptoms of a severe pelvic bone fracture include abdominal pain, blood in the urine, bloody stool, dizziness, fainting, leg weakness, and leg numbness.

How does the doctor treat a pelvic bone fracture?
Treatment for a pelvic bone fracture includes bedrest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain, narcotic pain medications, and physical therapy. Treatment for a severe pelvic bone fracture may include intravenous fluids, a blood transfusion, and surgery.

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Last Updated: Aug 20, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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