Management of the open abdomen.

@article{Demetriades2014ManagementOT,
  title={Management of the open abdomen.},
  author={Demetrios Demetriades and A Naomie Salim},
  journal={The Surgical clinics of North America},
  year={2014},
  volume={94 1},
  pages={
          131-53
        }
}
The open abdomen has become the standard of care in damage-control procedures, the management of intra-abdominal hypertension, and in severe intra-abdominal sepsis. This approach has saved many lives but has also created new problems, such as severe fluid and protein loss, nutritional problems, enteroatmospheric fistulas, fascial retraction with loss of abdominal domain, and development of massive incisional hernias. Early definitive closure is the basis of preventing or reducing the risk of… CONTINUE READING
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