abdominal decompression


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abdominal decompression

A technique formerly used in obstetrics to facilitate childbirth. The abdominal area is surrounded by an airtight chamber in which pressure may be intermittently decreased below atmospheric pressure. During labor pains, the pressure is decreased and the uterus is permitted to work more efficiently because the abdominal muscles are elevated away from the uterus.
See also: decompression
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Although abdominal decompression is commonly referred to as an 'open abdomen', the term 'temporary abdominal closure' is less dramatic and a more accurate description thereof.
These were not patients who had abdominal decompression for IAH and ACS.
In our experience when the etiology of the IAH and ACS is aggressive fluid resuscitation for shock syndromes and significant ascites is evidenced, percutaneous abdominal decompression is an effective and safe alternative of treatment.