Management of open pelvic fracture in a resource poor setting: a case report.
Fractures of the pelvis account for less than 5% of skeletal injuries. Open pelvic fractures are rare, comprising approximately 4% of pelvic fractures. They are caused by significant external trauma with the force usually affecting multiple anatomical sites on the patients body. It has high morbidity and mortality rates of up to 44 -50% where there are unstable pelvic injuries in association with rectal lacerations. Early, aggressive and coordinated multidisciplinary management is usually necessary to reduce morbidity and mortality. There are few reports in the literature on how this potentially devastating injury can be managed in the developing world where resources are limited.
Key words: Acute management, open pelvic fracture, developing world, challenges.