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Volume 10, Pages 308-310
Case Study

Traumatic Urethral Injury without Pelvic Fracture in an Adult Female

Department of Urology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

Received 4 January 2010; Revised 19 January 2010; Accepted 22 January 2010

Academic Editor: Anthony Atala

Copyright © 2010 Nathan A. Bockholt et al.


A 23-year-old female was involved in a motor vehicle collision with multiple injuries, including a right acetabular fracture, but no pelvic fracture. Urology consultation was obtained due to difficulty placing a urethral catheter. Examination revealed a longitudinal urethral tear with vaginal laceration extending 2 cm from the urethral meatus proximally toward the bladder neck. The longitudinal urethral tear was repaired primarily. Traumatic female urethral injury in the absence of a pelvic fracture is an exceedingly rare occurrence.