Advances in abdominal trauma

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2007 Aug;25(3):713-33, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2007.06.002.


Emergency practitioners routinely encounter patients who suffer from abdominal trauma, be it blunt or penetrating. These injuries are often confounded by altered mental status, distracting injuries, or lack of historical information, and may present challenges in management. However, in the last several years new approaches to the diagnosis and management of abdominal trauma, including bedside ultrasound, newer generation computed tomography scans, laparoscopy, and the ability for selected nonoperative management expedite identification of life threatening injury and offer new options in treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Abdominal Injuries / therapy*
  • Algorithms
  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods
  • Emergencies
  • Humans
  • Peritoneum / injuries
  • Wounds, Gunshot / diagnosis
  • Wounds, Gunshot / therapy
  • Wounds, Penetrating / diagnosis
  • Wounds, Penetrating / therapy
  • Wounds, Stab / diagnosis
  • Wounds, Stab / therapy