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Successful Percutaneous Management of Traumatic Abdominal Compartment Syndrome in a Child

Bairdain, Sigrid MD, MPH; McMahon, Maria MSN, RN, CPNP-AC/PC; Mooney, David P. MD, MPH

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000101

Posttraumatic abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) is an unusual and potentially lethal entity in pediatric patients. Early recognition and/or prevention of the syndrome, as well as prompt treatment of ACS, can reduce its associated morbidity and mortality but has traditionally required a laparotomy. Herein, we describe a case of posttraumatic ACS successfully treated percutaneously.

Department of Pediatric Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

Correspondence: David P. Mooney, MD, MPH, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave, Fegan 3, Boston, MA 02115 (

Author Contributions: M.M., S.B., and D.P.M. contributed to the study design, data collection design, and the drafting of the initial manuscript. M.M. and S.B. contributed to the editing and proofreading of the initial manuscript. M.M., S.B., and D.P.M. approved the final manuscript.

None of the authors have commercial associations to disclose.

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