The Role of Empirical Laparotomy in the Management of Sepsis and Multisystem Organ Failure

  • H. C. Polk
  • P. Burgess
  • W. G. Cheadle

Abstract

A major diagnostic dilemma in the management of the critically ill surgical patient is the confirmation and identification of sources of occult infection as a cause of multisystem organ failure (MSOF). This condition currently accounts for 73% of all deaths after major operative procedures and trauma [1] and is the main cause of death and morbidity for all surgical intensive care unit patients [2, 3].

Keywords

Filtration Ischemia Pneumonia Radionuclide Angiotensin 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. C. Polk
    • 1
  • P. Burgess
    • 2
  • W. G. Cheadle
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Louisville School of MedicineLouisvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Newcastle-Upon-TyneUK

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