Open abdomen: indications and management

One discussion this week included open abdomen (OA) management.

Reference: Coccolini F, et al. The open abdomen in trauma and non-trauma patients: WSES guidelines. World Journal of Emergency Surgery. 2018 Feb 2;13:7. doi:10.1186/s13017-018-0167-4.

Summary: The table below summarizes the guidelines statements, including grades of evidence. Please note, these guidelines are methods for optimal management and are not a standard of practice (p.2).

Indications (p.4):

table2 indications

Closure (p.5):


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