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Temporary intravenous bag silo closure in severe abdominal trauma

L Fernandez, S Norwood, R Roettger, H E Wilkins
Journal of Trauma 1996, 40 (2): 258-60
Several temporary abdominal wall closure techniques have been described in the literature. We present our experience with an inexpensive and efficient method of temporary abdominal closure when bowel edema and distension preclude safe primary closure. Our technique is a variation of the silon (silo) closure used in the repair of gastroschisis and omphalocele, using a pre-gas-sterilized, soft 3-L plastic cystoscopy fluid irrigation bag cut to an oval shape and stapled or sutured to the skin edges of the wound.

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