oa South African Medical Journal - The forward surgery of abdominal war wounds

Volume 19, Issue 23
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



This report starts with a brief review of abdominal injuries treated by eight forward surgeons. The main facts are set out in tables. The treatment of abdominal and thoraco-abdominal wounds is discussed and lesions of various organs analysed in tables. The most common cause of death is multiplicity of intra-abdominal injuries. Forward surgery, including abdominal surgery, requires adequate facilities for resuscitation and post-operative treatment. Intra-abdominal manipulations should be reduced to an essential minimum. Forward surgery requires team-work involving. a large number of units and individuals.

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