Kathia V Alejandro

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BACKGROUND The radiologic study of choice for evaluation of traumatic arterial injuries is conventional arteriography, but it poses the risks of an invasive procedure. Computed tomographic arteriography (CTA) is emerging as a new way to study arterial anatomy, with the additional advantages of being noninvasive and a technique that allows evaluation of(More)
Temporary abdominal closure (TAC) has increasingly been employed in the management of severely injured patients to avoid abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) and as part of damage control surgery (DCS). Although the use of TAC has received great interest, few data exist describing the morbidity and mortality associated with its use in trauma victims. The(More)
Low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs) have emerged as an effective method for deep venous thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis after major trauma. The early use of LMWH in patients with splenic injuries may result in increased rates of blood transfusions and failure of nonoperative management. A retrospective review of the records of all patients > or = 18 years(More)
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