Abdominal pressure and gastrointestinal function: An inseparable couple?

Annika Reintam Blaser, Manu L.N.G. Malbrain, Adrian Regli

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    Evaluating the degree of organ dysfunction is a cornerstone in distinguishing patients with critical illness from those without. However, evaluation of the gastrointestinal function in critically ill patients is not unified, and is still largely based on subjective clinical evaluation. Although intra-Abdominal pressure has been proposed as a parameter to facilitate monitoring of abdominal compartment in critical illness, the interactions between intra-Abdominal pressure and gastrointestinal function are poorly clarified. The aim of this current review is to describe interactions and associations between gastrointestinal dysfunction and intra-Abdominal pressure from a pathophysiological and clinical point of view.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)146-158
    Number of pages13
    JournalAnaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2017


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