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A male patient in his 50s presented after a high-speed motorcycle crash. On arrival to the trauma bay, his primary survey was intact with normal vital signs. He had an obvious deformity of his left forearm secondary to a closed radius/ulnar fracture. He had anterior pelvic tenderness but no perineal/scrotal bruising. A pelvic X-ray and CT scan of his torso showed severe diastasis of the pubic symphysis with associated posterior disruption of the sacroiliac joint (figure 1A). He had a small associated extraperitoneal pelvic hematoma extending into the left rectus sheath with trace arterial blush and mild hemorrhage into the urinary bladder. He remained hemodynamically stable with a Glasgow Coma Scale score of 15 and with the main complaint of pain from the left forearm fracture.
The patient was taken immediately to the operating room (OR) for planned external pelvic fixation and fixation of his left forearm. On anesthetic induction, he became acutely hypotensive and went into pulseless electrical activity cardiac arrest. He required a brief period of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and responded to 1 mg epinephrine with return of spontaneous circulation. Massive transfusion protocol …
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