Occult orthopaedic trauma in the multiply injured patient.


A retrospective review of 111 multitrauma patients revealed that of 401 orthopaedic injuries, 24 injuries (6%) were not initially diagnosed in 20 patients. Patients with occult injuries tended to have greater overall trauma, as reflected by lower trauma and lower Glasgow coma scores and longer hospital and intensive-care unit stays. Twenty prospectively… (More)