BACKGROUND Pleural or peritoneal effusions (ascites) are frequent in terminal stage malignancies. Medical management may be hazardous. METHODS A 60-year-old man with metastatic malignant melanoma presented refractory ascites as well as bilateral pleural effusions. After failure of the medical treatment, bilateral pleural aspiration and paracentesis became… (More)
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INTRODUCTION The "open abdomen" expression widely used to define a full-thickness defect of the abdominal wall intentionally made in some situations like abdominal compartment syndrome, has been replaced by a newest one called "laparostomy". The definitive closure of an open abdomen with a giant full abdominal thickness defect remains a problem. CASE… (More)