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CT Scan in Abdominal Emergency Surgery

  • Fausto Catena
  • Salomone Di Saverio
  • Luca Ansaloni
  • Federico Coccolini
  • Massimo Sartelli

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. James L. Patrick, Juliana Tobler, Andrew B. Peitzman, Biatta Sholosh
    Pages 9-30
  3. Eric M. Campion, Ernest E. Moore
    Pages 31-39
  4. Ari Leppäniemi, Eila Lantto
    Pages 41-50
  5. Gustavo Pereira Fraga, Rao Ivatury
    Pages 51-57
  6. Rodrigo Donalisio da Silva, Fernando J. Kim
    Pages 59-67
  7. Giulia Montori, Anna Pecorelli, Sandro Sironi, Paola Fugazzola, Federico Coccolini, Cecilia Merli et al.
    Pages 69-74
  8. F. Monetti, A. Bhangu, S. Di Saverio, M. Stellino, P. E. Orlandi, M. Imbriani
    Pages 75-85
  9. Massimo Sartelli, Fausto Catena, Salomone Di Saverio, Federico Coccolini, Luca Ansaloni
    Pages 87-93
  10. Bruno M. Pereira, Thiago J. Penachim, Gustavo P. Fraga
    Pages 95-103
  11. Gavin Sugrue, Michael Sugrue
    Pages 105-121
  12. Laura Lomaglio, Giulia Montori, Anna Pecorelli, Sandro Sironi, Massimo Sartelli, Luca Ansaloni et al.
    Pages 123-136
  13. Hariscine Keng Abongwa, Paolo Bresciani, Antonio Tarasconi, Gennaro Perrone, Fausto Catena
    Pages 137-159
  14. Julia Miladore Ng, Haley Chang, Oreste M. Romeo
    Pages 161-168
  15. Jaap Ottevanger, Stephen Merrilees, Ian Civil
    Pages 183-198
  16. Goran Augustin, Maja Prutki
    Pages 199-206

About this book


This book focuses on the diagnostic impact of CT scans in severe abdominal trauma and in non-traumatic acute abdomen, the two clinical entities that constitute the main reasons for referrals for this imaging technique from the intensive care unit. The concept behind it  is that emergency surgeons and physicians not only need the clinical knowledge to manage the different pathological conditions, but that they must also have a full understanding of diagnostic imaging modalities.

To this end, each chapter includes a description of a specific acute abdominal disorder. In addition to the clinical presentation and the diagnosis and management guidelines, there is a special focus on imaging studies with clear and concise descriptions, high-quality images and the evolution grading scale to aid interpretation.

This easy-to-read book is an ideal source of practical information for acute care surgeons, radiologists and for all the members of the emergency team. 


Acute Abdomen Abdominal Trauma Bowel Perforation Bowel Obstruction Abdominal Abscesses Appendicitis Pancreatitis Cholecystitis Visceral Aneurism Colon Volvulus

Editors and affiliations

  • Fausto Catena
    • 1
  • Salomone Di Saverio
    • 2
  • Luca Ansaloni
    • 3
  • Federico Coccolini
    • 4
  • Massimo Sartelli
    • 5
  1. 1.Emergency and Trauma SurgeryOspedale Maggiore di Parma Emergency and Trauma SurgeryParmaItaly
  2. 2.Cambridge Colorectal UnitCambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Addenbrooke’s HospitalCambridgeUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.General, Emergency and Trauma Surgery, Department Bufalini HospitalCesenaItaly
  4. 4.General, Emergency and Trauma Surgery DepartmentBufalini HospitalCesenaItaly
  5. 5.Department of SurgeryMacerata HospitalMacerataItaly

About the editors

Fausto Catena MD, PhD, FRCS is currently Chief of Emergency Surgery Department, Parma University Hospital, Italy. Until 2011, he worked as Consultant General Surgeon at the Dept. of General, Emergency and Transplant Surgery of the St Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital, Bologna, Italy. He is Editor in Chief of the World Journal of Emergency Surgery, former Editor of European Surgical Research, Editor of the Open Cardiovascular And Thoracic Surgery Journal, the World Journal of Gastroenterology and many other top ranking journals as well as a Member of the Committee on Publication Ethics. He is General Secretary of the World Society of Emergency Surgery, and past President of the ESYS of the European College of Surgeons.

Salomone Di Saverio MD FACS FRCS, is a Consultant Surgeon, performing elective general surgery procedures and Team Leader Consultant in Acute Care-Trauma Surgery. He is currently Clinical Head of Laparoscopy in Trauma Surgery at the Trauma Surgery Unit and Vice-Chair of the Trauma Surgery Unit, Trauma Center Maggiore Hospital Bologna. He has performed more than 2850 major surgical procedures, mainly as first operator, and many laparoscopies. He has described and published several papers on original or innovative surgical techniques in both open and laparoscopic surgery.

 Luca Ansaloni, MD is currently 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).

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.

Massimo Sartelli, MD, is currently a surgeon at the General Surgery department of the Hospital of Macerata, under the direction of Pr. Ivo Patrizi. He mainly performs liver surgery, gastro-intestinal surgery, colon surgery, vascular surgery, both minimally invasively and thoracoscopically. He has coauthored over 71 scientific publications.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title CT Scan in Abdominal Emergency Surgery
  • Editors Fausto Catena
    Salomone Di Saverio
    Luca Ansaloni
    Federico Coccolini
    Massimo Sartelli
  • 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 978-3-319-48346-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09589-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-48347-4
  • Series ISSN 2520-8284
  • Series E-ISSN 2520-8292
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 206
  • Number of Illustrations 146 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Abdominal Surgery
    Traumatic Surgery
    Interventional Radiology
    Emergency Medicine
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Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Surgery & Anesthesiology


“The book is well-written, clearly laid out and the illustrations are of good quality and reasonably comprehensive … this is a nicely produced and written book that I am happy to recommend to junior surgeons and radiologists in training as an easy-to-read primer, and also to more experienced radiologists who may be unfamiliar with the evolving changes in clinical care.” (Daniel Boxer, RAD Magazine, April, 2019)

“This volume in the Hot Topics in Acute Care Surgery and Trauma series reviews the evolving role of the CT scan in decision making for abdominal surgical emergencies. … Senior trainees and practitioners providing acute surgical services are an appropriate audience for this book … . Chapters combine imaging findings with indicated operative procedures, helping readers match test results with clinical interventions. Another attractive feature is the use of multi color tables that highlight clinical data, injury grading scales and clinical strategies.” (David J. Dries, Doody's Book Reviews, October, 2018)