images Vol. 5, No. 1; 2021; pp 47–49
DOI: 10.26676/jevtm.v5i1.188

Corresponding author:

Andrea Contegiacomo, Largo A. Gemelli 8, 00168, Rome, Italy.


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Post-Traumatic Pudendal Bleeding: Beyond the Satisfaction of Search

Andrea Contegiacomo MD 1, Anna Rita Scrofani MD2, Ernesto Punzi MD2 and Riccardo Manfredi MD2

1Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Rome, Italy

2Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy



Keywords: Embolization; Pelvic Trauma; Diagnostic Angiography

Received: 11 February 2021; Accepted: 28 February 2021




Vascular injury is a common (up to 40%) finding in patients with pelvic trauma [1] and is frequently associated with multiple vessel involvement [2]. Endovascular embolization is usually the treatment of choice [3]; but, in patients with low hemoglobin levels, the vasoconstriction can obscure possible sources of bleeding by increasing procedural time or requiring re-treatments [4]. Apparent concordance between computed tomography (CT) and angiographic findings is a potential risk factor for preventing the interventional radiologist from performing a complete angiographic examination, such as selective cannulation and/or pressure injection, of the affected vascular district.

We report about a 46-year-old man with pelvic trauma following a motorcycle accident. The patient presented with signs of hemodynamic instability, low hemoglobin levels (5.7 g/dl) and clear evidence of left pudendal artery bleeding at the CT examination performed after admission to the emergency department (Figure 1a–c).

Right common femoral artery access was performed using a 5-French vascular sheath placement. Selective and super-selective catheterization of the left hypogastric and pudendal arteries was performed, respectively (Figure 1d,e). Angiographic findings were in accordance with those reported in the previous CT, but evaluation of the contralateral pudendal artery demonstrated massive bleeding (Figure 1f,g), probably covered up by vasoconstriction, spasm or cross-circulation via anastomosis of the bilateral pudendal arteries, and immediately controlled with a combination of coils and sponge particle embolization (Figure 1h–k).

In conclusion, bilateral selective angiographic examination using a power injector should be performed in pelvic post-traumatic vascular injuries in order to reduce the lack of identification and treatment of vascular injuries.

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Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

Author Contributions

AC was responsible for writing and reviewing; ARS and EP were responsible for images and clinical data research; and RM was responsible for reviewing and supervising.


Figure 1 Motorcycle accident in a 46-year-old man with pelvic trauma. (a–c) CT axial images show an important left hematocele (asterisk) supplied by two small spots of active bleeding (thin arrows) which increase during the post-contrast venous (b) and late (c) phases. (d) Left pudendal artery angiography confirms the presence of the small vascular lesions which are effectively controlled by absorbable particle embolization (e). Contralateral angiography (f) reveals a massive bleeding (thick arrows) due to an important vascular injury of the main trunk of the right pudendal artery which is managed with selective catheterization (g) and embolization (h) with 5 mm and 6 mm coils. Angiographic run after coil deployment (i) shows persistent bleeding (dot) from small collateral vessels (arrowheads) which is successfully managed (j,k) with absorbable particle embolization.


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