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Classification: important step to improve management of patients with an open abdomen
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Vascular Surgery.
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2009 (English)In: World Journal of Surgery, ISSN 0364-2313, E-ISSN 1432-2323, Vol. 33, no 6, 1154-1157 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This short report is a distillation of the proceedings from a consensus group meeting in January 2009. It outlines a proposed classification system for patients with an open abdomen (OA). The classification allows (1) a description of the patient's clinical course; (2) standardized clinical guidelines for improving OA management; and (3) improved reporting of OA status, which will facilitate comparisons between studies and heterogeneous patient populations. The following grading is suggested: grade 1A, clean OA without adherence between bowel and abdominal wall or fixity of the abdominal wall (lateralization); grade 1B, contaminated OA without adherence/fixity; grade 2A, clean OA developing adherence/fixity; grade 2B, contaminated OA developing adherence/fixity; grade 3, OA complicated by fistula formation; grade 4, frozen OA with adherent/fixed bowel, unable to close surgically, with or without fistula. We propose that this classification system will facilitate communication, clarify OA management, and potentially improve patient care.

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2009. Vol. 33, no 6, 1154-1157 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-110124DOI: 10.1007/s00268-009-9996-3ISI: 000265943100009PubMedID: 19373507OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-110124DiVA: diva2:275260
Available from: 2009-11-04 Created: 2009-11-04 Last updated: 2013-08-14Bibliographically approved

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