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Penetrating Abdominal Trauma - Facts And Guidelines

Penetrating abdominal trauma caused by a sharp object is common worldwide. An assault with a knife or pistol is the most common reason. When an item penetrates the skin and enters the body, it causes what is known as penetrating trauma. The skin may not be broken in blunt or non-penetrating trauma.

Author:Suleman Shah
Reviewer:Han Ju
Oct 05, 202268 Shares1.3K Views
Penetrating abdominal traumacaused by a sharp object is common worldwide. An assault with a knife or pistol is the most common reason. When an item penetrates the skin and enters the body, it causes what is known as penetrating trauma.
When something causes penetrating trauma, it either stays in the tissue or penetrates it on its way out. A perforating injury occurs when something pierces the skin and moves through the body. An entry wound and an exit wound are both present in cases of perforating trauma.
The small intestine (50%) is the most often affected organ, followed by the large intestine (40%), the liver (30%), and the intra-abdominal vascular system (25%). There is more kinetic energy in a close-range injury than in a far-range injury.
While the trajectory of most gunshot wounds is linear, the severity of damage sustained from high-energy gunshots is difficult to anticipate. Secondary missile injuries from shattered bone or bullet fragments are also possible.
Judging the severity of a stab wound that goes through the abdominal wall is challenging. Invisible wounds increase morbidity because they go undetected for a while.

Penetrating Abdominal Trauma Management Guidelines

Patients who have had penetrating abdominal trauma have a higher likelihood of harboring injuries that are potentially fatal.
A significant number of patients are in immediate need of operational intervention. But there are some people who can be taken care of safely without surgery.
Following penetrating abdominal injuries, an urgent laparotomy is necessary in order to treat shock, evisceration, and peritonitis. Thoracoabdominal stab wounds should be further assessed using chest X-rays, ultrasonography, and either laparoscopy or thoracoscopy.
CT scans have to be performed on patients who have suffered wounds to the back or flank. Patients who have received a stab wound to the front abdominal region might be monitored with successive clinical examinations.
Although laparotomy is the treatment of choice for the vast majority of patients suffering from gunshot wounds, some people may be treated by just waiting it out.

Approach to Penetrating Trauma

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How Is Penetrating Abdominal Wound Treated?

Antibiotics may be used to either stop a bacterial infection from happening or treat one that has already started. If there is too much fluid or blood in your abdomen, a drain may be inserted. Internal hemorrhaging may be stopped by an embolization technique. It's possible that locating and fixing the leaking or damaged organs may require surgical intervention.

Which Is An Example Of A Penetrating Trauma?

When a foreign item penetrates the skin and causes an open wound, it is said to have induced penetrating trauma. Gunshots, explosive devices, and knife wounds are the most prevalent causes of such injuries.

Which Organ Most Frequently Is Injured In Cases Of Penetrating Abdominal Trauma?

When there is blunt abdominal trauma, the liver sustains the greatest damage, and when there is penetrating abdominal trauma, the liver sustains the second-highest damage. Blunt force trauma can hurt the liver, which is a very blood-rich organ in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen.

Final Words

The organ that is damaged, the amount of time that passes before treatment begins, and the number of other organs that are compromised all influence the fatality rate that results from penetrating abdominal trauma.
According to the available research, fatality rates range anywhere from 0% to 100%. Patients who just incur a superficial lesion to the abdominal wall have the lowest death rate overall in the patient population.
The presence of shock upon arrival, a delay in treatment, and an accompanying brain injury are all risk factors that might predict death. The female gender is another risk factor.
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Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah is a researcher and freelance writer. As a researcher, he has worked with MNS University of Agriculture, Multan (Pakistan) and Texas A & M University (USA). He regularly writes science articles and blogs for science news website and open access publishers OA Publishing London and Scientific Times. He loves to keep himself updated on scientific developments and convert these developments into everyday language to update the readers about the developments in the scientific era. His primary research focus is Plant sciences, and he contributed to this field by publishing his research in scientific journals and presenting his work at many Conferences. Shah graduated from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (Pakistan) and started his professional carrier with Jaffer Agro Services and later with the Agriculture Department of the Government of Pakistan. His research interest compelled and attracted him to proceed with his carrier in Plant sciences research. So, he started his Ph.D. in Soil Science at MNS University of Agriculture Multan (Pakistan). Later, he started working as a visiting scholar with Texas A&M University (USA). Shah’s experience with big Open Excess publishers like Springers, Frontiers, MDPI, etc., testified to his belief in Open Access as a barrier-removing mechanism between researchers and the readers of their research. Shah believes that Open Access is revolutionizing the publication process and benefitting research in all fields.
Han Ju

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