Pacifying the Open Abdomen with Concomitant Intestinal Fistula: A Novel Approach
WAKE FOREST UNIV WINSTON-SALEM NC DEPT OF SURGERY
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The management of the open abdomen, particularly when complicated by the presence of intestinal fistula, remains a significant challenge of modern trauma care. Although several approaches have been proposed, these varied and complex cases defy the application of a universal approach to local therapy. Ultimately, abdominal closure is desired but is not always possible. Accordingly, surgeons must be well versed in the application of a number of useful approaches that may serve to facilitate control of fistula drainage while permitting management of the surrounding open wound. We contribute a management approach that is simplistic in design, provides for effective fistula control, and permits the subsequent unhindered granulation of the surrounding wound in abdomens not amenable to delayed closure techniques.
- Medicine and Medical Research