Transverse fractures of the sacrum. A report of six cases

J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1977 Jun;59(4):486-9.


The diagnosis of transverse sacral fracture was made in six patients. All patients initially had evidence of urinary retention, a decrease in anal sphincter tone, or both. Diagnostic confirmation was established by tomography in four patients and by cystometric examination in two. All patients who had transverse sacral fractures with displacement of the fragments had resolution of their neurological deficit following posterior sacral laminectomy and decompression.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anus Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Decompression
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Fecal Incontinence / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnostic imaging*
  • Fractures, Bone / surgery
  • Humans
  • Laminectomy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity
  • Radiography
  • Sacrum / injuries*
  • Sensation
  • Urination Disorders / diagnostic imaging