abdominal wound


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abdominal wound

a break in the continuity of the abdominal wall. A wound that exposes or penetrates the viscera raises the danger of infection or peritonitis.

abdominal wound

A traumatic injury or surgical incision which may be superficial or extend to intraperitoneal or extraperitoneal organs or tissues. In cases of abdominal trauma, a careful examination (often including peritoneal lavage, ultrasonography, or computed tomographic scanning of the abdomen) is necessary to determine the precise nature of the injury and the proper course of treatment. Superficial injuries may require no more than ordinary local care; immediate laparotomy may be needed, however, when major bleeding or organ damage has occurred. Intravenous fluids, blood components, antibiotics, and tetanus prophylaxis are given when necessary. Major abdominal trauma may be overlooked in comatose or otherwise critically injured patients when there is no obvious abdominal injury. See: abdomen
See also: wound
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The most complex care given to date was for a patient requiring eight-hourly IV antiemetics, pain management support, 16-hourly total parental nutrition infusions, 16-hourly enteral feeding and daily abdominal wound care.
When doctors operated to repair Deal's abdominal wound, they discovered a large aortic aneurysm (a bulge on the wall of the weakened blood vessel) that could have burst at any time, with virtually certain fatal results.
Mr Weir was today recovering from an abdominal wound, and Mr Crawther was in a stable condition.
In that time, ten studies have been published by surgeons representing multiple specialties and incision types, including abdominal wall reconstruction, foot and ankle surgery, traumatic surgery, abdominal wound closure and cardiothoracic surgery.
This allows wounded Soldiers to be stabilized and evacuated to the United States where physicians reopen the abdominal wound for definitive closure.
The victim was taken to Cork University Hospital where he had emergency surgery for a serious abdominal wound.
Other surgeons have made relaxing incisions in the flanks to increase the abdominal girth (4, 10) or placed an interposition mesh in the abdominal wound (4, 6, 10).
Despite the associated difficulties - including the risks linked to any significant operation such as an infection in the abdominal wound - growing numbers of women are electing for the c-section delivery method.
The primary study outcome was the incidence of chronic pain, defined as abdominal wound scar pain persisting for more than three months after operation (7).
Prof Milroy told the jury: 'In my opinion there was a strong possibility that Pc Broadhurst would have died from the abdominal wound, regardless of the head wound.
Much as River City has its limitations, events at Shieldinch are unlikely to include a tea-time close-up of an infected abdominal wound five minutes after a plate of lasagne.
One of the victims suffered a serious abdominal wound and was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester.