Resolution of critical haemodynamic instability with urgent decompressive mini-laparotomy for abdominal compartment syndrome - a case report
1 Department of Intensive Care, St Vincent's Hospital, PO Box 2900, Fitzroy, VIC 3065, Australia
2 Department of Surgery, St Vincent's Hospital, PO Box 2900, Fitzroy, VIC 3065, Australia
Critical Care 2012, 16:452 doi:10.1186/cc11655Published: 2 November 2012
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Abdominal compartment syndrome, a relatively recently identified disorder [1,2], is traditionally managed in theatre with a semi-elective surgical decompressive laparotomy leaving the abdomen open . Fewer options exist, however, in patients who develop critical haemodynamic instability in the ICU.