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Intraabdominal Infections

  • Michael A. West
  • Michael B. Shapiro


A century ago, infectious complications severely limited the capacity of surgeons to care for abdominal pathology. Advances in medical care over the past 100 years have made abdominal surgery remarkably safe. There is a sense that even extensive procedures are “routine,” particularly in patients who do not have major comorbidities. Although we often think that progress has limited infectious complications, the reality is that in 2006 infections are the most frequent cause of morbidity and mortality in surgical patients.1, 2, 3


Acute Appendicitis Acute Cholecystitis Abdominal Trauma Laparoscopic Appendectomy Open Appendectomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. West
    • 1
  • Michael B. Shapiro
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Trauma and Critical Care, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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