ArticleTemporary Intravenous Bag Silo Closure in Severe Abdominal TraumaFernandez, Luis MD, FACS, FICS; Norwood, Scott MD, FACS; Roettger, Richard MD, FACS; Wilkins, Harry E. III, MD Author Information From the Division of Trauma Surgery/Surgical Critical Care, Department of Surgery, Mother Frances Hospital (L.F.), and East Texas Medical Center (S.N., H.E.W., R.R.), Tyler, Texas. Address for reprints: Luis G. Fernandez, MD, 1021 East Idel Street, PO Box 7677, Tyler, TX 75711. * Spjut-Patrinely V, Feliciano DV: Unpublished data from 300 consecutive patients found to have visceral or vascular injuries at the time of celiotomy after sustaining a stab wound of the abdomen. Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, Texas, July 1985-June 1988. The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care: February 1996 - Volume 40 - Issue 2 - p 258-260 Buy Abstract Several temporary abdominal wall closure techniques have been described in the literature. We present our experience with an inexpensive and efficient method of temporary abdominal closure when bowel edema and distension preclude safe primary closure. Our technique is a variation of the silon (silo) closure used in the repair of gastroschisis and omphalocele, using a pre-gas-sterilized, soft 3-L plastic cystoscopy fluid irrigation bag cut to an oval shape and stapled or sutured to the skin edges of the wound. © Williams & Wilkins 1996. All Rights Reserved.