A man had worsening abdominal discomfort and a large recurrent umbilical hernia, early satiety but no nausea or vomiting, night sweats, and weight loss; examination revealed an umbilical hernia, palpable abdominal mass, and lower extremity edema. What is your diagnosis?
This observational study uses National Inpatient Sample data to examine the rates of complications, mortality, and costs associated with emergency general surgery.
A 20-year-old woman had small free fluid within the pelvis and 2 large mesenteric masses adjacent to the liver, pancreas, and stomach. What is your diagnosis?
This randomized clinical trial shows that education and provision of incentive spirometry for unmonitored patient use does not result in statistically significant improvement in pulmonary dynamics following laparotomy.
Gerlach and coauthors explore the limitations of conventional surgery and the decision-making process for transplantation.
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.
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.