Abdominal compartment syndrome is still a controversial entity. We report on a patient who developed the classical hemodynamic, respiratory, and renal changes of abdominal compartment syndrome after surgical intervention for blunt abdominal trauma. A decompressive laparotomy improved the situation dramatically.
From the Trauma Unit, Department of Surgery (J.B., C.P., R.M.), and Department of Anaesthesia (C.J.C.), Tygerberg Hospital, University of Stellenbosch, Tygerberg, South Africa.
Address for reprints: Richard Muller, MD, University of Stellenbosch, Department of Surgery, P.O. Box 19063, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa.