n South African Journal of Surgery - Penetrating abdominal trauma : trauma

Volume 42, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0038-2361
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5151



Penetrating abdominal trauma (PAT) is seen daily in our trauma ward. We present a retrospective study of the patients managed in our hospital (Polokwane Hospital, Limpopo) from January 1999 to March 2000. <br>Epidemiology, mechanism of injury, patterns of injury, management, morbidity and overall mortality were recorded for analysis. Morbidity and mortality were commonly associated with peritonitis and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome.

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