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of 'Complications of abdominal surgical incisions'

Complete dehiscence of the abdominal wound and incriminating factors.
Pavlidis TE, Galatianos IN, Papaziogas BT, Lazaridis CN, Atmatzidis KS, Makris JG, Papaziogas TB
Eur J Surg. 2001;167(5):351.
OBJECTIVE: To find out the causes of abdominal wound dehiscence.
DESIGN: Retrospective study.
SETTING: University hospital, Greece.
SUBJECTS: Abdominal wound dehiscence occurred in 89 cases out of 19,206 major abdominal operations including 4671 emergencies during the past 15 years (0.5%).
INTERVENTIONS: In the study group 14 local and systemic risk factors were analysed and compared with those in a control group of 89 patients who had similar procedures without dehiscence.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Statistical analysis using the chi square test.
RESULTS: Significant factors (p<0.05) included age over 65 years, emergency operation, cancer, haemodynamic instability, intra-abdominal sepsis, wound infection, hypoalbuminaemia, ascites, obesity, and steroids. Risk factors that were not significant included sex, anaemia, diabetes mellitus and pulmonary disease. Overall morbidity and mortality were 30% and 16%, respectively. The mortality and the possibility of dehiscence seem to correlate directly with the number of risk factors.
CONCLUSION: Patients with these risk factors require more attention and special care to minimise the risk of its occurrence.
Second Surgical Department of Medical Faculty of the Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki, G Gennimatas Hospital, Greece.