“Enteroatmospheric” Fistula: The Feared Complication of the. “Open Abdomen”. William Schecter, MD, FACS. Professor of Clinical Surgery. University of. An enteroatmospheric fistula (EAF) is a known, morbid complication of open abdomen (OA) treatment. Patients with EAF often require repeated operations and. A small-bowel enteroatmospheric fistula (EAF) is an especially challenging complica- taneous fistulae, EAFs have neither overlying soft tissue nor a real fistula.

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A Vicryl suture is passed through the center of the silicon circle and then tied to a rubber band attached to bridge of foam-covered aluminum. Search for Search All Journals. Gastroenterol Res Pract ; Biological dressings for the management of enteric fistulas in the open abdomen: In retrospect, the Vaseline gauze barrier between the reticular foam of vacuum assisted closure VAC and open viscera was inadequate, and the sometimes high negative pressure mmHg applied to drain effluent resulted in injury and bleeding of serosa.

Negative-pressure wound therapy for critically ill adults with open abdominal wounds: After seeing how much progress had been made, the plastic surgeon was of the opinion that the existing care plan should continue until maximum closure occurred. At this point, a muscle flap would be created over the fistula alone, as the wound would have already closed.

Over the next three weeks, these measures were introduced and the patient was discharged on 31st July. No gold standard therapy has been established for the treatment of EAF, and thus, treatment decision making is dependent on the experience of medical staff.

Open Abdomen Advisory Panel. Control of enteric spillage, attempts to seal the fistula, and techniques of peritoneal access for excision of the involved loop are reviewed in this report.

Management of enteroatmospheric fistulae.

I first saw the patient in July, and I stopped my management in October. Previously made Ileostomy site white arrownewly made stoma black arrowpin site of the external fixator black arrow headand the incision made for preperitoneal pelvic packing white arrowhead. A year-old male patient was admitted to trauma surgery department after a motorcycle accident. ETF on initial presentation. On HD26, a perforation was observed 3 cm below the ileostomy. Enteroatmospheruc Kook Choi, M. This flexible device is designed to create a channel for effluent while maintaining the integrity and beneficial aspects of the NPWT dressing.


December31 3. Coronal view abdominal CT scan showing complete infarction of the right kidney B and mesenteric bleeding C. The patient remained on total parenteral nutrition for 6 months and was then transferred to other hospital for definitive surgery.

Enteroatmospheric fistula: from soup to nuts.

What is the effectiveness of the negative pressure wound therapy NPWT in patients treated with open abdomen technique? Additionally, we describe our recent proposal of a lateral surgical approach via the circumference of the open abdomen in order to avoid the hostile and granulated surface of the abdominal trauma, which is adhered entteroatmospheric the intraperitoneal organs.

Segmental resection of the perforated bowel was performed successfully. Enteroatmospheric fistula EAFa special subset of enterocutaneous fistula ECFis defined as a communication between the gastrointestinal GI tract and the atmosphere. Discussion Figure Reference Enteroatmospheric fistula EAF is one of the most devastating complications in patients with an open abdomen and has associated morbidity and mortality rates.


Management of an Entero-Atmospheric Fistula

The silicone plug enteroatmosphheric then rolled and inserted into the fistula, the plug is hung on the bridge using a suspension suture and the rubber band. Prevention is clearly the best treatment strategy but may be difficult to achieve.

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To expedite healing, henceforth daily system changes were recommended. It is one of the most devastating fistual of fistulq control” laparotomy DCL and results in significant morbidity and mortality. Most patients can tolerate some amount of enteral and even oral feeding and do not need to be maintained on PN alone. It should be noted that EAF almost never enterowtmospheric spontaneously, and definitive repair usually requires major surgical intervention and abdominal enteroafmospheric reconstruction 6 to 12 months after the original insult.


Open abdomen with concomitant enteroatmospheric fistula: He remained in a bedridden state awaiting pelvic surgery. Attempt to rationalize the approach to a surgical nightmare and proposal of a clinical algorithm.

Scand J Surg ; Cyanoacrylates can be beneficial for small EAFs, especially as an adjunct to primary suturing. Independent predictors of enteric fistula and abdominal sepsis after damage control laparotomy: With this new approach, it was intended that granulation would occur, as faecal content does hinder the process. Initially, sepsis has to be managed and any fluid, electrolyte, and metabolic disorders need to be corrected.

Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma: Pacifying the open abdomen with concomitant intestinal fistula: Introduction Other Sections Abstract I. Enteroatmospheric fistula, Open abdomen, Negative pressure enteroafmospheric therapy. Management of the open abdomen: Subsequently, wound crown method was applied to divert effluent of EAF, 2 but failed because perforation sites adjoined the abdominal wall.

Discussion Other Sections Abstract I.

For many years, the application of negative pressure wound therapy NPWT was considered to increase the possibility of fistula formation, but additional studies have demonstrated that NPWT is safe.

Intensive care support of organs and systems is vital in order to manage the severely septic patient and the associated multiple organ failure syndrome. Recently, negative pressure wound therapy was introduced to manage OA. Ileostomy and the perforation were resected emergently and a stoma was enteroatmospheroc at midline Fig. In this regard, an effective nutritional plan was implemented and fluid intake was increased to about 2. Professional judgment, experience, and teamwork are key to successfully managing the patient with EAF.

The photos were taken over a period of 3 months.