Penetrating Abdominal Injuries: Management Controversies

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Penetrating Abdominal Injuries: Management Controversies

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Title: Penetrating Abdominal Injuries: Management Controversies
Author: Zacharias, Nikolaos; Butt, Muhammad Umar; Velmahos, George

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Citation: Butt, Muhammad U., Nikolaos Zacharias, and George C. Velmahos. 2009. Penetrating abdominal injuries: management controversies. Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 17: 19.
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Abstract: Penetrating abdominal injuries have been traditionally managed by routine laparotomy. New understanding of trajectories, potential for organ injury, and correlation with advanced radiographic imaging has allowed a shift towards non-operative management of appropriate cases. Although a selective approach has been established for stab wounds, the management of abdominal gunshot wounds remains a matter of controversy. In this chapter we describe the rationale and methodology of selecting patients for non-operative management. We also discuss additional controversial issues, as related to antibiotic prophylaxis, management of asymptomatic thoracoabdominal injuries, and the use of colostomy vs. primary repair for colon injuries.
Published Version: doi://10.1186/1757-7241-17-19
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