A man aged 54 years presented to the emergency department with a 1-month history of generalized weakness and bilateral lower extremity swelling that had progressed to his upper abdomen. What is your diagnosis?
This case series discusses the inpatient resources, including imaging, nursing overtime, and blood bank needs, that were used to treat 63 individuals injured in the Asiana Airlines flight 214 crash.
The study evaluates trends in transfusion rates for major abdominal oncologic resections to assess changes in recent clinical practice (given the accumulating evidence of the deleterious effects of blood transfusion).
This study investigates whether a negative computed tomographic finding following blunt trauma is sufficient for ruling out intra-abdominal injury.
A woman in her 40s was referred to our service because findings on routine abdominal ultrasonography showed a hepatic mass in the right lobe composing approximately 50% of the liver parenchyma. The patient was asymptomatic, and there were no significant findings on abdominal physical examination—the liver was not palpable. What is your diagnosis?
An elderly man presented to the emergency department with a 1-month history of new-onset, persistent lower abdominal and flank pain that was sharp and constant with intermittent radiation to the back and associated anorexia with a 10-kg weight loss. What is your diagnosis?
This pre-post analysis of patients who received visceral angiography for acute lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage showed that preceding visceral angiography with computed tomographic angiography improves localization of the hemorrhage site. See also the Invited Commentary by Lightner and Russell.
Baucom et al determine whether dynamic abdominal sonography for hernia can be objectively used to characterize incisional hernias by measurement of mean surface area. See the Invited Commentary by Goldblatt.
Kamine et al review laparoscopic ventriculoperitoneal shunt operations to determine the effect of insufflation on intracranial pressure (ICP).
Using the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Open Abdomen Registry, Bradley and coauthors determine independent predictors of enterocutaneous fistula, enteroatmospheric fistula, or intra-abdominal sepsis/abscess in patients undergoing damage control laparotomy after trauma. See invited commentary by Cannon.
Schwartz and colleagues examined whether the 16-hour intern work limit, implemented in July 2011, has adversely affected operative experience. Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, provides an invited commentary.
Inaba and colleagues prospectively compared computed tomography (CT) against serial physical examination in the evaluation of patients who have sustained a stab wound to the abdomen. Martin A. Schreiber, MD, provided a related invited commentary.