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Traumatic haemoabdomen


Sigrist, Nadja; Spreng, D (2010). Traumatic haemoabdomen. European Journal of Companion Animal Practice (EJCAP), 20(1):45-52.

Abstract

Haemoabdomen is an important differential diagnosis for canine and feline abdominal trauma. The diagnosis is
made by aspiration of blood from the abdomen by abdominocentesis. Spleen and liver are the most likely sources of traumatic bleeding. Patients are stabilized with appropriate fl uid therapy, oxygen supplementation and analgesia. With ongoing haemorrhage, serial measurement of abdominal and venous haematocrit can be helpful in making the decision between surgical and medical therapy. Most patients with traumatic haemoabdomen can be treated medically. Surgical therapy should be reserved for patients that cannot be stabilized despite medical intervention. The surgical approach should be thoroughly planned in order to minimize further abdominal blood loss and blood transfusions should be readily available.

Abstract

Haemoabdomen is an important differential diagnosis for canine and feline abdominal trauma. The diagnosis is
made by aspiration of blood from the abdomen by abdominocentesis. Spleen and liver are the most likely sources of traumatic bleeding. Patients are stabilized with appropriate fl uid therapy, oxygen supplementation and analgesia. With ongoing haemorrhage, serial measurement of abdominal and venous haematocrit can be helpful in making the decision between surgical and medical therapy. Most patients with traumatic haemoabdomen can be treated medically. Surgical therapy should be reserved for patients that cannot be stabilized despite medical intervention. The surgical approach should be thoroughly planned in order to minimize further abdominal blood loss and blood transfusions should be readily available.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:30 Mar 2016 14:08
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 20:12
Publisher:Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Association
ISSN:1018-2357
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.fecava.org/ejcap/ejcap-20-1

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