Traumatic and nontraumatic perforation of the hollow viscera

R. Espinoza, A. Rodriguez*

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Hollow viscus injuries are usually managed with few complications. However, if their diagnosis is delayed, or if reparative suture closure should fail, the patient is placed at risk of multiple organ failure. This article presents diagnostic approaches, emphasizing imaging modalities, and therapeutic strategies for three clinical scenarios of hollow viscus perforation: 1) acute appendicitis, 2) gastroduodenal peptic ulcer disease, and 3) trauma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1291-1304
Number of pages14
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


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