Genitourinary Injuries in the ED

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Acute genitourinary (GU) injuries appear to be frequently associated with the use of common consumer items, according to a review of data from 2002 to 2010. Most GU injuries (69%) occurred in men, and the majority involved external genitalia. Patients aged 18 to 28 had the highest prevalence of GU injuries (37.5%). The most common consumer products involved in these injuries included sporting items (30.2%), articles of clothing (9.4%), and furniture (9.2%). The authors note that their data can be used to help prioritize and develop strategies aimed at preventing and limiting these injuries.

Abstract: Journal of Urology, November 5, 2012 (online).

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