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Open Abdomen

  • Claudia E. Goettler
  • Michael F. Rotondo


During the past century, a gradual understanding has developed of the abdomen as a compartment. Although compartment syndrome is common and anticipated in calf muscle compartments, any closed, nondis-tensible body space will develop increased intracompartmental pressure when there is an increase in the contents of that compartment. When the increase in pressure results in clinically meaningful physiological changes, the term compartment syndrome is used.


Central Venous Pressure Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome Abdominal Compartment Syndrome Abdominal Pressure Open Abdomen 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia E. Goettler
    • 1
  • Michael F. Rotondo
    • 2
  1. 1.Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care, Department of Surgery, Brody School of MedicineEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Brody School of MedicineEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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