IROA: International Register of Open Abdomen, preliminary results

World J Emerg Surg. 2017 Feb 21;12:10. doi: 10.1186/s13017-017-0123-8. eCollection 2017.


Background: No definitive data about open abdomen (OA) epidemiology and outcomes exist. The World Society of Emergency Surgery (WSES) and the Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS) promoted the International Register of Open Abdomen (IROA).

Methods: A prospective observational cohort study including patients with an OA treatment. Data were recorded on a web platform (Clinical Registers®) through a dedicated website:

Results: Four hundred two patients enrolled. Adult patients: 369 patients; Mean age: 57.39±18.37; 56% male; Mean BMI: 36±5.6. OA indication: Peritonitis (48.7%), Trauma (20.5%), Vascular Emergencies/Hemorrhage (9.4%), Ischemia (9.1%), Pancreatitis (4.2%),Post-operative abdominal-compartment-syndrome (3.9%), Others (4.2%). The most adopted Temporary-abdominal-closure systems were the commercial negative pressure ones (44.2%). During OA 38% of patients had complications; among them 10.5% had fistula. Definitive closure: 82.8%; Mortality during treatment: 17.2%. Mean duration of OA: 5.39(±4.83) days; Mean number of dressing changes: 0.88(±0.88). After-closure complications: (49.5%) and Mortality: (9%). No significant associations among TACT, indications, mortality, complications and fistula. A linear correlationexists between days of OA and complications (Pearson linear correlation = 0.326 p<0.0001) and with the fistula development (Pearson = 0.146 p= 0.016). Pediatric patients: 33 patients. Mean age: 5.91±(3.68) years; 60% male. Mortality: 3.4%; Complications: 44.8%; Fistula: 3.4%. Mean duration of OA: 3.22(±3.09) days.

Conclusion: Temporary abdominal closure is reliable and safe. The different techniques account for different results according to the different indications. In peritonitis commercial negative pressure temporary closure seems to improve results. In trauma skin-closure and Bogotà-bag seem to improve results.

Trial registration: NCT02382770.

Keywords: Barker; Bogotà bag; Commercial; Compartment; IROA; Ischemia; Negative pressure; Non-commercial; Open abdomen; Peritonitis; Register; Skin; Trauma; Vascular emergencies; Witmann.

Publication types

  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / surgery*
  • Abdominal Wound Closure Techniques / trends
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cohort Studies
  • Digestive System Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Digestive System Surgical Procedures / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internationality*
  • Kaplan-Meier Estimate
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Registries / statistics & numerical data*
  • Wounds and Injuries / surgery

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