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Revista Cubana de Cirugía

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GUZMAN NAPOLES, Misael  and  LARREA FABRA, Martha Esther. Abdominal compartment syndrome. Rev Cubana Cir [online]. 2013, vol.52, n.2, pp.126-138. ISSN 0034-7493.

The negative effects of increased intra-abdominal pressure are known since the XIX Century, but attention was not paid to this disorder until the last decade of the last century and the first decade of the present one. In this article, we state the definitions of the terms intra-abdominal pressure, intra-abdominal hypertension, and abdominal compartment syndrome which were taken with consent and approved by the World Society of the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome. In our field, to get to a diagnosis of intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome, it is required to measure the intra-abdominal pressure and secondarily, the abdominal perfusion pressure; then, these data should be correlated with the signs of clinical deterioration of the patient. The medical therapeutic measures related to the abdominal compartment syndrome are limited, and when it is symptomatic, abdominal decompression is the established treatment. We want to make emphasis on the fact that the early diagnosis of intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome contribute to diminish the development of a multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, hence reducing mortality in these patients. With the aim of updating knowledge about intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome as well as their diagnosis and treatment, we carried out a detailed updated review of different articles regarding the abdominal compartment syndrome from both national and international scopes.

Keywords : intra-abdominal pressure; intra-abdominal hypertension; abdominal compartment syndrome.

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