An Adhesion Reduction Plan in the Management of the Surgical Open Abdomen

2014-07-23 21:11:51 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to determine whether an adhesion reduction plan, consisting of early adhesion prevention and application of a bioresorbable membrane is effective in reducing the severity of adhesions and the incidence of complications in managing the open abdomen in trauma and emergency general surgery.


Adhesions are a common consequence of abdominal surgery. Trauma and emergency general surgery patients may require an open abdomen and undergo a series of abdominal operations, which may be increasingly complicated by the presence of adhesions. Adhesions appear soon after the initial operation and gradually mature within days. The effects of adhesion development on subsequent surgery may include: increased procedure time; difficulty differentiating, exposing, and accessing tissue planes; and increased risk of inadvertent enterotomy. Complications of adhesions include enteric obstruction and enterocutaneous fistulae. This study will determine whether an adhesion reduction plan, consisting of early adhesion prevention and application of a bioresorbable membrane is effective in reducing the extent and severity of adhesions and the incidence of complications in managing the open abdomen in trauma and emergency general surgery.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Prevention


Open Abdomen


Adhesion Reduction Plan


University of Maryland Medical Center
United States


Not yet recruiting


University of Maryland

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:11:51-0400

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