Management of Open Abdomen

  • Justin A. Doble
  • Eric M. PauliEmail author


Damage control laparotomy and the management of an open abdomen are important concepts for general surgeons. The surgical management of the open abdomen and, subsequent definitive closure, is complex. This chapter provides a decision-making algorithm to identify the appropriate closure/management technique with respect to patient-specific conditions.


Open abdomen Temporary abdominal closure Damage control laparotomy Abdominal re-exploration Delayed fascial closure Negative-pressure wound therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryPenn State Milton S. Hershey Medical CenterHersheyUSA

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