THE HISTORY OF THE ABDOMINAL COMPARTMENT SYNDROME

D. N. Paduraru1,2, Georgiana Radu2, O. Andronic 2, Alexandra Bolocan 1, D.Ion 1,2
1 3rd Department of General Surgery, The University Emergency Hospital Bucharest, Romania
2 The University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila”, Bucharest, Romania
Corresponding author: Octavian Andronic
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Abstract

Abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) was not, until now, a very popular research subject. Even though it can be encountered not only in trauma surgery, but also within the progress of other diseases, the resources for its research were not widely available until the late 20th century. We aim to present a small history of intraabdominal hypertension (IAH) and its worse successor- the abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS). The interest for these subjects had been present even since 1600 b.c., but only now we have really started understanding the phenomenon and its implications. The journey of their research throughout history has been interesting and, in the same time, a challenge for doctors in every age of time, as many of them tried to discover their pathophysiology, mechanisms and ways of prevention. Every step forward mattered and has brought us to the knowledge we have and use today in our mission to save lives.

Keywords: intraabdominal hypertension, abdominal compartment syndrome

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