The Open Abdomen in Trauma

  • Walter L. BifflEmail author
  • Ernest E. Moore
Part of the Hot Topics in Acute Care Surgery and Trauma book series (HTACST)


The open abdomen after trauma is a lifesaving intervention. Generally coupled with damage-control surgery, it is being used currently due to improved resuscitation strategies. Patient selection is crucial to enhance survival. Once a patient has an open abdomen, management must be focused on correcting physiology and working toward fascial closure. An aggressive schedule of attempts at closure, coupled with early enteral nutrition, will optimize outcome.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Queen’s Medical Center/University of HawaiiHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.Denver Health Medical Center/University of ColoradoDenverUSA

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