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Early Definitive Closure of an Open Abdomen by Using Porcine Dermal Collagen Graft: A Case Report
Sung Jin Park, Jae Hun Kim, Sung Pil Yun, Sun Woo Choi, Seon Hee Kim
Journal of Trauma and Injury 2013;26(1):14-17
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1Department of Surgery, Postgraduate School of Medicine, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea.
2Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Postgraduate School of Medicine, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea.
Received: 27 December 2012   • Revised: 18 February 2013   • Accepted: 26 February 2013

The open abdomen is now the standard of care in various clinical situations, especially it is used to treat abdominal compartment syndrome. Many techniques have been reported for closure after an open abdomen, but most take a long time for complete definitive closure and are associated with various problems. We describe a technique using biologic mesh that can achieve early definitive closure after an open abdomen.
A 45-year-old man presented to the emergency room with a painful hip and painful lower extremities after a fall from 80 feet. Radiologic examination revealed multiple fractures of the pelvis and low extremities. Abdominal compartment syndrome caused by a retroperitoneal hematoma developed during the orthopedic surgery. We performed exploration immediately and closed abdomen temporarily. A peritoneal graft of porcine dermal collagen with anterior myofascial approximation of the rectus abdominis muscles and sliding skin flap was performed three days after the previous surgery.
There were no complications related to the wound. The patient was transferred to the Department of Orthopedic Surgery seven days after the initial surgery.
Early definitive closure using porcine dermal collagen is a feasible method that can reduce the length of hospitalization and the number of operations for an open abdomen.

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