Controlled Open Drainage of Severe Intra-abdominal Sepsis

Stephen J. Bradley, Gregory Jurkovich, Nathan W. Pearlman, Gregory V. Stiegmann

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Abstract

Controlled open drainage of the abdomen (gauze in plastic intestinal bag/surgical glove packing of abscesses; wound closure only to the degree needed to prevent evisceration) was compared with closed drainage (soft rubber or sump drains; complete fascial closure) in 31 patients with severe intraabdominal sepsis. Three (23%) of 13 patients died after open drainage vs eight (44%) of 18 after closed drainage. The difference was attributable to a lower incidence of recurrent abscesses in the former group (one recurrence) than in the latter (six recurrences). Thus, controlled open drainage may improve survival in this highly lethal condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-631
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Surgery
Volume120
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985
Externally publishedYes

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Drainage
Sepsis
Abscess
Surgical Gloves
Recurrence
Rubber
Abdomen
Plastics
Survival
Incidence
Wounds and Injuries

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Controlled Open Drainage of Severe Intra-abdominal Sepsis. / Bradley, Stephen J.; Jurkovich, Gregory; Pearlman, Nathan W.; Stiegmann, Gregory V.

In: Archives of Surgery, Vol. 120, No. 5, 01.01.1985, p. 629-631.

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Bradley, Stephen J. ; Jurkovich, Gregory ; Pearlman, Nathan W. ; Stiegmann, Gregory V. / Controlled Open Drainage of Severe Intra-abdominal Sepsis. In: Archives of Surgery. 1985 ; Vol. 120, No. 5. pp. 629-631.
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