Urotrauma Guideline 2020: AUA Guideline

Allen F. Morey, Joshua A. Broghammer, Courtney M.P. Hollowell, Maxim J. McKibben, Lesley Souter

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Purpose:The authors of this guideline reviewed the urologic trauma literature to guide clinicians in the appropriate methods of evaluation and management of genitourinary injuries.Materials and Methods:The Panel amended the Guideline in 2020 to reflect additional literature published through February 2020. When sufficient evidence existed, the Panel assigned the body of evidence a strength rating of A (high), B (moderate), or C (low) for support of Strong, Moderate, or Conditional Recommendations. In the absence of sufficient evidence, the Panel provided additional information as Clinical Principles and Expert Opinions (See table 1Table 1.AUA Nomenclature Linking Statement Type to Level of Certainty, Magnitude of Benefit or Risk/Burden, and Body of Evidence Strength).Results:The Panel updated a total of six existing statements on renal, ureteral, bladder, urethra, and genital trauma. Additionally, four new statements were added based on literature released since the 2017 amendment. Statement 5b was added based on new evidence for treatment of hemodynamically unstable patients with renal trauma. Statement 20b was added based on new literature for percutaneous or open suprapubic tube placement following pelvic fracture urethral injury. Statements 30a and 30b were also added to provide guidance on ultrasonography for blunt scrotal injuries suggestive of testicular rupture and for performing surgical exploration with repair or orchiectomy for penetrating scrotal injuries respectively.Conclusions:These evidence-based updates to the AUA Guidelines further inform the treatment of urotrauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-35
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Urologic injuries
  • urotrauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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