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Polymer Membrane Covering of Eviscerated Bowel in Neonate

Sigmund H. Ein, MD, FACS, FRCS(C); Barry Shandling, MB, ChB, FRCS(Eng C), FRCS
Arch Surg. 1980;115(6):781-782. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380060079023.
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• When a siliconized nylon pouch prematurely separates leaving incompletely covered bowel, a difficult if not urgent problem develops. To reapply a new pouch is to invite infection and further separation. In two such instances, we have applied a new polymer membrane to the dome of bowel partly covered with some granulations. This method avoids further emergency operations and hastens the formation of a ventral hernia. Within seven to 14 days, the exposed peritoneal contents were covered with granulations. This polymer membrane seems to have all the benefits of a biological dressing under which it aids the more rapid growth of granulations.

(Arch Surg 115:781-782, 1980)


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