Rectus sheath hematoma with underlying hepatic flexure hematoma secondary to stabbing
Stabbing to right upper quadrant.
CT Abdomen and Pelvis
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- Large acute right rectus sheath hematoma with active bleeding.
- Perihepatic haemoperitoenum with hematocrit level. No underlying liver laceration.
- Large mural hematoma involving the hepatic flexure - no free gas to suggest full mural penetration; however, this cannot be excluded.
- Pelvic free fluid of blood density.
- Previous gastric surgery and cholecystectomy.
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Penetrating injuries are most often caused by firearms (see gunshot injuries) but also by knife wounds and other forms of impalement. Determining the trajectory of the wound tract assists with the evaluation of the CT as organs lying along the tract have a high likelihood of being injured.