n Southern African Journal of Critical Care - When and how should we measure intra-abdominal pressure?

Volume 24, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-8264
  • E-ISSN: 2078-676X



A sustained increase in intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) may result in abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS). This is a well documented complication in critically ill patients, but there appears to be a reluctance to routinely measure IAP in patients at high risk of developing intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) and ACS. This may be due to a lack of clinical skills or perceived complexity of the procedure.

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