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A pitfall in triple contrast CT of penetrating trauma of the flank

      Abstract

      This brief report describes the case of a 20-year-old man who was stabbed in the left flank. He underwent triple contrast helical CT of the abdomen and pelvis that showed a hyperdense focus in the area of the stab wound. This structure was a chip fracture of pelvis, but was misinterpreted as contrast extravasation, and the patient underwent negative exploratory laparotomy.

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