Nonoperative management for major blunt hepatic trauma A case report

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Andrea Mingoli
Andrea Saracino
Gioia Brachini
Giovanni Mariotta
Emanuele Migliori
Vania Silvestri


INTRODUCTION: Over the past 20 years the management of blunt liver trauma has evolved from a primary operative approach to a nonoperative one, for both low and high grade injuries, only on the basis of hemodynamic stability. However, in spite of a high success rate of non operative management, it is frequently observed, also in our country, an old fashioned way to approach these patients, based on habit more than observation and evidence based medicine.

CASE REPORT: We present a case of successful nonoperative treatment of a grade IV blunt liver trauma (lacero-contusive injury of V, VI and VII segments) in a 34-year-old woman.

DISCUSSION: Nowadays more than 85% of liver injuries are managed without operative intervention, irrespective of the injury grade. Success rate of the conservative approach ranges from 82% to 100% and almost all complications (14% in high grade injuries) can be managed with interventional radiology procedures, still avoiding major surgery.

CONCLUSION: Today, in the absence of other abdominal injuries requiring surgical exploration, hemodynamic instability from ongoing hemorrhage after primary evaluation and resuscitative treatment, is the only indication to an operative management of traumatic liver injuries.

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Mingoli, Andrea, et al. “Nonoperative Management for Major Blunt Hepatic Trauma A Case Report”. Annali Italiani Di Chirurgia, vol. 4, no. March, Mar. 2015, pp. 1-5,
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