Isolated perivesicular hematoma after military parachuting

Timothy P. Plackett, David C. Lynn, Bradley Richard Zagol, Bryan A. Malone, John F. Detro, Jason M. Seery, Peter G. Deveaux, Elizabeth M. Sawyer, Richard W. Ellison

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BACKGROUND: Isolated perivesicular hematomas are uncommonly described and not an injury typically reported in the literature after parachuting or skydiving. CASE REPORT: Herein, we described a series of three patients with isolated perivesicular hematomas sustained after military parachuting. All three patients were managed nonoperatively after a somewhat prolonged hospital course. Despite the lack of orthopedic injuries, all required physical therapy consultation and required an assisting device to aide with ambulation at the time of discharge. For all three individuals, follow-up imaging months after the injury demonstrated a continued presence of the hematoma. Clinically, the patients continued to have ambulatory and urological difficulties for several months after their injury. DISCUSSION: This injury pattern is uncommonly reported in the literature. An appropriate index of suspicion must be maintained or there may be a delay in diagnosis. Management of these injuries requires coordinated care between the trauma service, urology, and physical therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-139
Number of pages4
JournalAerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Hematoma
  • Injury
  • Military
  • Occupational health
  • Parachuting
  • Urinary bladder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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