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“Complex abdominal wall” management: evidence-based guidelines of the Italian Consensus Conference.

A new interesting article has been published in Updates Surg. 2018 Sep 25. doi: 10.1007/s13304-018-0577-6. and titled:

“Complex abdominal wall” management: evidence-based guidelines of the Italian Consensus Conference.

Authors of this article are:
Piccoli M Agresta F Attinà GM Amabile D Marchi D; “Complex abdominal wall study” Italian Collaborative Group.

A summary of the article is shown below:
To date, there is no shared consensus on a definition of a complex abdominal wall in elective surgery and in the emergency, on indications, technical details, complications, and follow-up. The purpose of the conference was to lay the foundations for a homogeneous approach to the complex abdominal wall with the primary intent being to attain the following objectives: (1) to develop evidence-based recommendations to define “complex abdominal wall”; (2) indications in emergency and in elective cases; (3) management of “complex abdominal wall”; (4) techniques for temporary abdominal closure. The decompressive laparostomy should be considered in a case of abdominal compartment syndrome in patients with critical conditions or after the failure of a medical treatment or less invasive methods. In the second one, beyond different mechanism, patients with surgical emergency diseases might reach the same pathophysiological end point of trauma patients where a preventive “open abdomen” might be indicated (a temporary abdominal closure: in the case of a non-infected field, the Wittmann patch and the NPWT had the best outcome followed by meshes; in the case of an infected field, NPWT techniques seem to be the preferred). The second priority is to create optimal both general as local conditions for healing: the right antimicrobial management, feeding-preferably by the enteral route-and managing correctly the open abdomen wall. The use of a mesh appears to be-if and when possible-the gold standard. There is a lot of enthusiasm about biological meshes. But the actual evidence supports their use only in contaminated or potentially contaminated fields but above all, to reduce the higher rate of recurrences, the wall anatomy and function should be restored in the midline, with or without component separation technique. On the other site has not to be neglected that the use of monofilament and macroporous non-absorbable meshes, in extraperitoneal position, in the setting of the complex abdomen with contamination, seems to have a cost effective role too. The idea of this consensus conference was mainly to try to bring order in the so copious, but not always so “evident” literature utilizing and exchanging the expertise of different specialists.

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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as: Complex abdominal wall;Emergency and elective treatment;Laparostomy;Meshes.

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