Complex Liver Injury—a Quagmire to a Trauma Surgeon
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Non-operative management has become a norm in patients with liver trauma and operative management is guided by hemodynamic status. Introduction of haemodynamic status. Introduction of contrast enhanced computed tomography (CECT) abdomen has made NOM possible by helping in exclusion of other injuries and identification of vascular injuries. Haemodynamic instability is now considered as an only absolute indication for operative intervention in liver injuries. However, liver trauma is associated with a large number of complications in the form of perihepatic abscess, hepatic necrosis, bile leak, etc. Patient’s undergoing operative intervention for liver trauma are more at risk for these complications. As such regular dynamic assessment is required for early identification and management of these complications. We present a case of a complex liver injury in a 27-year-old male who underwent operative intervention for liver trauma and had a varied number of liver trauma associated complications, with enterohepatic fistula as one of the rarest associated complications.
KeywordsEnterohepatic fistula Damage control surgery Liver trauma Angioembolisation Haemorrhage
Contrast enhance computed tomography
Intensive care unit
Focussed assessment with sonography in trauma
Compliance with Ethical Standards
Conflict of Interest
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
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