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<< Emergency Management of Renal and Genitourinary Trauma: Best Practices Update (Trauma CME)

Introduction

Worldwide, approximately 250,000 traumatic renal injuries occur annually.1 The urological organ most commonly injured is the kidney, followed by the testicles and the bladder.2 Depending on the data set used, renal and genitourinary (GU) trauma is present in 5% to 10% of all abdominal trauma patients.3-5 Over the last 20 to 30 years, the care of renal and GU injuries has evolved, becoming more conservative and expectant. Advances in military medicine, where 5% of all combat injuries are GU-related, have accelerated the pace of this change and advances in care.6

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