Prospective characterization and selective management of the abdominal compartment syndrome.

@article{Meldrum1997ProspectiveCA,
  title={Prospective characterization and selective management of the abdominal compartment syndrome.},
  author={Daniel R. Meldrum and Fredrick Moore and Ernest Eugene Moore and Reginald J. Franciose and Angela Sauaia and Jon M. Burch},
  journal={American journal of surgery},
  year={1997},
  volume={174 6},
  pages={667-72; discussion 672-3}
}
BACKGROUND The abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) is now recognized as a frequent confounder of surgical critical care following major trauma; however, few prospective data exist concerning its characterization, evolution, and response to decompression. METHODS Acutely injured patients with an injury severity scale (ISS) score >15 requiring emergent laparotomy and intensive care unit (ICU) admission were prospectively evaluated for the development of ACS. The syndrome was defined as an… CONTINUE READING
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