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Open Abdomen

A Comprehensive Practical Manual

  • Federico Coccolini
  • Rao Ivatury
  • Michael Sugrue
  • Luca Ansaloni


  • Provides practical guidance on all aspects of management of the open abdomen in a wide variety of settings

  • Includes step-by-step descriptions of closure techniques, with informative figures

  • Guidance in decision making

  • Designed for daily use by physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and physiotherapists


Part of the Hot Topics in Acute Care Surgery and Trauma book series (HTACST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Rao R. Ivatury
    Pages 1-26
  3. Paola Fugazzola, Giulia Montori, Sandro Rizoli, Luca Ansaloni, Joao Rezende-Neto, Federico Coccolini
    Pages 27-33
  4. Manu L. N. G. Malbrain, Brecht De Tavernier, Pieter-Jan Van Gaal
    Pages 35-53
  5. Hany Bahouth, Yoram Kluger
    Pages 73-88
  6. Walter L. Biffl, Ernest E. Moore
    Pages 89-94
  7. Massimo Sartelli, Federico Coccolini, Fausto Catena, Luca Ansaloni
    Pages 95-100
  8. Ari Leppäniemi
    Pages 101-107
  9. S. Acosta, A. Wanhainen, M. Björck
    Pages 109-117
  10. Giulia Montori, Federico Coccolini, Matteo Tomasoni, Paola Fugazzola, Marco Ceresoli, Fausto Catena et al.
    Pages 119-133
  11. Martin Rosenthal, Marc de Moya
    Pages 135-140
  12. Davide Corbella, Oliviero Fochi, Mirco Nacoti
    Pages 141-152
  13. Michael L. Cheatham, Karen Safcsak
    Pages 153-163
  14. Torsten Kaussen
    Pages 165-185
  15. Patricia Marie Byers, Andrew B. Peitzman
    Pages 187-204
  16. Rosemary Koehl Lee
    Pages 205-213
  17. Antonio Tarasconi, Osvaldo Chiara, Stefania Cimbanassi, Arianna Birindelli, Roberto Cirocchi, Gregorio Tugnoli et al.
    Pages 215-228
  18. Michael Sugrue, Mary Connolly
    Pages 229-236
  19. Leonard Frederik Kroese, Johannes Jeekel, Johan Frederik Lange
    Pages 237-246

About this book


This book is the first available practical manual on the open abdomen. The handy format will allow practicing physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and physiotherapists to use it as a ready source of information on all aspects of management of the open abdomen in a wide variety of settings. The coverage includes, for example, the open abdomen in trauma, intra-abdominal sepsis, and acute pancreatitis, step-by-step descriptions of different techniques with the aid of high-quality color figures, guidance on potential complications and their management, and features of management in different age groups. Throughout, the guidance provided is state of the art, reflecting recent innovations and drawing upon a thorough and up-to-date literature review. Useful tips and tricks are highlighted, and the book is designed to aid in daily decision making. The authors include worldwide opinion leaders in the field, guaranteeing the high scientific value of the content.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Federico Coccolini
    • 1
  • Rao Ivatury
    • 2
  • Michael Sugrue
    • 3
  • Luca Ansaloni
    • 4
  1. 1.General, Emergency and Trauma Surgery DepartmentBufalini HospitalCesenaItaly
  2. 2.General SurgeryVirginia Commonvealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  3. 3.Letterkenny General HospitalLetterkennyIreland
  4. 4.General, Emergency and Trauma Surgery DepartmentBufalini HospitalCesenaItaly

About the editors

Federico Coccolini, MD,  is currently working as a general, emergency and trauma surgeon at the General, Emergency and Trauma Surgery Dept. of Bufalini Hospital in Cesena (Italy). His main fields of interest are emergency surgery, trauma surgery, trauma patient management, as well as emergency and trauma system organization and implementation, and abdominal surgery.  He has published widely (more than  100 papers) and has written several book chapters, most of them as first author.  i He is the main investigator of IROA (International Register of Open Abdomen), the widest multicenter cohort study on open abdomen patients ever performed, which is recruiting hundreds of patients from all around the world.

Rao Ivatury, MD, is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Virginia, USA). He used to be Chair of the Division of Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Surgery at the VCU Medical Center. He has been involved in the “open abdomen and abdominal compartment syndrome in trauma and sepsis” for more than two decades and was one of the earliest pioneers, as documented by his impressive and pivotal scientific output. He was a Vice-President of the American Association of Surgery of Trauma and is a past President of the Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS) and the World Society of Abdominal Compartment Syndrome (WSACS). He was co-editor of the monograph Abdominal Compartment Syndrome and  is the author of more than 300 scientific publications. He is the current executive director of PTS.

Michael Sugrue, MD, was appointed Professor of Surgery at the University of New South Wales and Liverpool Hospital in Sydney in 2005, after working there as a specialist surgeon for 15 years. He was a founder of the World Society of Abdominal Compartment Syndrome (WSACS) and a former President of the organization. He has received many awards for his dedication to and achievements in medical education and research, including the prestigious ESR Hughes Award from the Australasian College of Surgeons in 2008. He has established surgical training courses in many countries, including Canada, Portugal, Spain, Singapore, Thailand, and New Zealand. Currently he is employed as a surgeon in Letterkenny Hospital, Donegal, and Galway University Hospital. He is secretary of the Donegal Clinical Academy Trust.

Luca Ansaloni, MD, is director of the General, Emergency and Trauma Surgery Dept. of Bufalini Hospital in Cesena (Italy) and Professor at the  Milan University’s General and Emergency Surgery Residency  School. He has extensive experience in managing post-traumatic and non-post-traumatic open abdomen patients, and as a war surgeon in Africa and Afghanistan. He has authored hundreds of scientific articles and book chapters. He is past- president of the World Society of Emergency Surgery (WSES).


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Open Abdomen
  • Book Subtitle A Comprehensive Practical Manual
  • Editors Federico Coccolini
    Rao Ivatury
    Michael Sugrue
    Luca Ansaloni
  • Series Title Hot Topics in Acute Care Surgery and Trauma
  • Series Abbreviated Title Hot Topics in Acute Care Surgery and Trauma
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-48071-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09588-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-48072-5
  • Series ISSN 2520-8284
  • Series E-ISSN 2520-8292
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 279
  • Number of Illustrations 14 b/w illustrations, 47 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Abdominal Surgery
    Cardiac Surgery
    Colorectal Surgery
    Pediatric Surgery
    Intensive / Critical Care Medicine
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