Genitourinary trauma

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2011 Aug;29(3):501-18. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2011.04.009.


Injury to the genitourinary (GU) tract occurs in up to 10% of all traumas, with the kidneys being the most frequently affected. Trauma to different areas of the GU tract can be caused in a variety of ways, and the diagnostics and management of the injuries vary widely depending on the mechanism and location. Overall, fatalities from GU trauma are not common. However, significant morbidity can occur without prompt recognition and appropriate intervention. A basic understanding of urologic trauma is necessary for all emergency practitioners when caring for trauma patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Injuries* / complications
  • Abdominal Injuries* / diagnosis
  • Abdominal Injuries* / epidemiology
  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Female
  • Female Urogenital Diseases* / complications
  • Female Urogenital Diseases* / diagnosis
  • Female Urogenital Diseases* / epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Male Urogenital Diseases* / complications
  • Male Urogenital Diseases* / diagnosis
  • Male Urogenital Diseases* / epidemiology
  • Trauma Severity Indices
  • Urogenital System / injuries*