Bilateral internal iliac artery ligation as a damage control approach in massive retroperitoneal bleeding after pelvic fracture.
Pelvic fracture is associated with high mortality. The management of major pelvic injuries remains one of the most important issues in modern trauma care. A 39-year-old male patient presented at the emergency department after being hit with a 500 kg load. His general condition was average with unstable vital signs. Pelvic tomography revealed fractured bone structure, thickening secondary to hematoma in both iliopsoas muscles, and hemorrhage-related active extravasation in the left internal iliac trace. The patient's hemodynamics worsened despite fluid and blood replacement, and angiographic embolization was scheduled. Bilateral embolization of the iliac artery was performed. Control angiography confirmed that full embolization was established. The patient was monitored in intensive care, but expired after three days due to acute kidney failure, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and multi-organ failure. Angiographic embolization is a technique improves hemorrhage control in pelvic trauma but can also increase risk of complications such as ischemia and necrosis.