Case ReportsBowel Entrapment Within Pelvic Fractures: A Case Report and Review of the LiteratureStubbart, James R.; Merkley, MichaelAuthor Information Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A. Accepted November 17, 1998. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. James R. Stubbart, Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, 1840 Wealthy Street, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49506, U.S.A. This work was presented at the Michigan Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting, Harbor Springs, Michigan, 1997. All costs for this project have been supported by the Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Research Department. The authors have received nothing else of value. This manuscript submitted does not contain information about medical devices. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma: February 1999 - Volume 13 - Issue 2 - p 145-148 Buy Abstract Bowel entrapment within a pelvic fracture is a rarely reported but potentially fatal complication. Diagnosis is often delayed due to difficulty in differentiating entrapment from the more common adynamic ileus. Computed tomography of the abdomen and pelvis with enteric contrast can be useful in making the diagnosis. We report an unusual case of bowel entrapment within a pelvic fracture presenting as a colocutaneous fistula in a patient with no prior symptoms that suggested a bowel injury. This report expands the realm of presentation of this rare occult bowel injury. © 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.