Thursday, August 21, 2008

Prevention, recognition and treatment of abdominal compartment syndrome

Abdominal compartment syndrome is defined as a critical elevation in intra-abdominal pressure combined with clinical manifestations of renal and respiratory dysfunction in the setting of a variety of conditions (ascites, third space fluid accumulation following massive volume resuscitation, ileus and others). Prevention involves limitation of fluid infusion once the early resuscitation goals have been met. Treatment may involve percutaneous drainage, diuresis, renal replacement and other surgical options or, ultimately, surgical decompression.

Via Critical Care Medicine.

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