Options for closure of the infected abdomen

Kristin C. Turza, Chris A. Campbell, Laura H. Rosenberger, Amani D. Politano, Stephen W. Davies, Lin M. Riccio, Robert G. Sawyer

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Background: The infected abdomen poses substantial challenges to surgeons, and often, both temporary and definitive closure techniques are required. We reviewed the options available to close the abdominal wall defect encountered frequently during and after the management of complicated intra-abdominal infections. Methods: A comprehensive review was performed of the techniques and literature on abdominal closure in the setting of intra-abdominal infection. Results: Temporary abdominal closure options include the Wittmann Patch, Bogota bag, vacuum-assisted closure (VAC), the AbThera™ device, and synthetic or biologic mesh. Definitive reconstruction has been described with mesh, components separation, and autologous tissue transfer. Conclusion: Reconstructing the infected abdomen, both temporarily and definitively, can be accomplished with various techniques, each of which is associated with unique advantages and disadvantages. Appropriate judgment is required to optimize surgical outcomes in these complex cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-351
Number of pages9
JournalSurgical Infections
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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