Management of Enteroatmospheric Fistulae in the Open Abdomen
Abstract:There are few complications dreaded more by the general surgeon than the development of an enteroatmospheric fistula in the face of the open abdomen. The open abdomen has become a valuable tool in the treatment of trauma and complex surgical patients. The development of enteroatmospheric fistulae leads to increased cost, morbidity, and mortality. In our case series, we describe the use of Malecot catheters and early mobilization of skin and subcutaneous tissue flaps to manage enteroatmospheric fistulae. All of our patients were discharged from the hospital and did not develop any complications from the procedure. All of our patients' fistulae ultimately closed. This procedure could lead to decreased cost and morbidity.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine—Chattanooga Unit, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Publication date: June 1, 2010
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