Synergistic Effect of Combined Hollow Viscus Injuries on Intra-Abdominal Abscess Formation.

@article{Paulus2015SynergisticEO,
  title={Synergistic Effect of Combined Hollow Viscus Injuries on Intra-Abdominal Abscess Formation.},
  author={Elena M. Paulus and Martin A. Croce and Charles P Shahan and Ben Zarzaur and John P Sharpe and A. G. Bharathi Dileepan and Brandon S Boyd and Timothy C. Fabian},
  journal={The American surgeon},
  year={2015},
  volume={81 7},
  pages={
          674-8
        }
}
The strong association between penetrating colon injuries and intra-abdominal abscess (IAA) formation is well established and attributed to high colon bacterial counts. Since trauma patients are rarely fasting at injury, stomach and small bowel colony counts are also elevated. We hypothesized that there is a synergistic effect of increased IAA formation with concomitant stomach and/or colon injuries when compared to small bowel injuries alone. Consecutive patients at a level one trauma center… CONTINUE READING