The Role of Empirical Laparotomy in the Management of Sepsis and Multisystem Organ Failure
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  and is the main cause of death and morbidity for all surgical intensive care unit patients [2, 3].
KeywordsIntraabdominal Abscess Multisystem Organ Failure Multiple System Organ Failure Surgical Intensive Care Unit Patient Occult Infection
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