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Duodenal Organ Injury Severity (OIS) and Outcome
The American Surgeon
  • G. Kline
  • Charles E. Lucas
  • Anna M. Ledgerwood
  • Jonathan M. Saxe, Wright State University
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The effect of organ injury severity on outcome was assessed in 101 patients treated for duodenal trauma. Most patients were men (89%) and victims of penetrating wounds (93%). Grade I is minor hematoma or incomplete perforation; Grade II is major hematoma or small complete perforation; Grade III is large perforation excluding ampulla; Grade IV is large perforation at ampulla; Grade V is duodenopancreatic crunch. The injuries were as follows: Grade I (5 patients), Grade II (31), Grade III (40), Grade IV (12), and Grade V (13). Fourteen patients exsanguinated from associated vesselinjury; each had Grade IV or Grade V injury. All 36 patients with Grade I and Grade II injury had primary repair; the single death was due to liver necrosis. Most (31 patients) Grade III injuries and three Grade IV injuries were treated by primary repair alone; the three deaths were unrelated to the duodenal injury. Other major injuries were treated by duodenal exclusion (4 patients), duodenal diverticulization (6), or resection (4); the single death was unrelated to the duodenum. Primary closure is favored for minor injuries and most Grade III injuries. Severe injuries may require exclusion, diverticulization, or resection.
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G. Kline, Charles E. Lucas, Anna M. Ledgerwood and Jonathan M. Saxe. "Duodenal Organ Injury Severity (OIS) and Outcome" The American Surgeon Vol. 60 Iss. 7 (1994) p. 500 - 504 ISSN: 0003-1348
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