Laparostomy: Why and When?

  • A. K. Leppäniemi
Conference paper


Laparostomy is a surgical treatment method in which the peritoneal cavity is opened anteriorly and deliberately left open, hence often called ‘open abdomen’. The abdominal contents are exposed and protected with a temporary coverage. The term does not include full-thickness abdominal wall defects resulting from partial excision due to tumor or necrotizing infection, or incisional hernias.


Severe Acute Pancreatitis Abdominal Compartment Syndrome Damage Control Open Abdomen Fascial Closure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. K. Leppäniemi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery Meilahti HospitalUniversity of HelsinkiHusFinland

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