Open Abdomen pp 269-279 | Cite as

Results of Treatment with an Open Abdomen and Future Directions

  • Dieter G. WeberEmail author
  • Sana Nasim
Part of the Hot Topics in Acute Care Surgery and Trauma book series (HTACST)


The open abdomen, or laparotomy, has become an accepted, standard concept in contemporary surgical practice [1–6]. However, its indication for use remains heterogeneous, and the subtleties around its practical management remain equally diverse. These varying indications, in combination with stark management differences, continue to pose challenges in modern practice and complicate direct comparison of outcomes.



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The authors report no conflict of interest. The work is entirely the authors’ own.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Trauma SurgeryRoyal Perth Hospital, The University of Western Australia, The University of NewcastlePerthAustralia
  2. 2.Trauma FellowRoyal Perth HospitalPerthAustralia

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