Author(s): Turpin I, State D, Schwartz A
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Abstract Injuries to the inferior vena cava are being seen with increasing frequency in the civilian population. A review of the experience at UCLA/Harbor General Hospital Medical Center over a ten year period (1966 to 1976) discloses thirty-four patients with major injuries to the inferior vena cava, with an overall mortality of 53\%. The factors that appear critical to patient survival are: (1) level of injury (suprarenal versus infrarenal sites); (2) presence or absence of profound shock on admission; and (3) the speed with which diagnosis is made and treatment carried out. Technical considerations regarding identification and handling of inferior vena caval injuries are presented. The mortality rate for major inferior vena caval injuries remains distressingly high and serves as a challenge for future improvement.
This article was published in Am J Surg
and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals