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A case report of blunt liver trauma in times of COVID-19 pandemic

Published Online: 31 Dec 2020
Volume & Issue: Volume 3 (2020) - Issue 2 (December 2020)
Page range: 90 - 94
Accepted: 17 Dec 2020
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
2544-8978
First Published
30 May 2018
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1 time per year
Languages
English
Abstract

The liver is one of the most affected organs in abdominal trauma mostly because of its considerable dimensions, the fragility of the liver parenchyma.

We present the case of a 29-year-old patient who sustained an abdominal trauma after an accidental fall from a 3 m height. The patient tested positive at RT-PCR for SARS-CoV-2 at admission, without any symptoms of viral infection. The emergency CT scan revealed a blunt liver trauma with an expanding hematoma (grade III). The patient was initially hemodynamically stable but shortly after admission became unstable and required surgical treatment that initially consisted of damage control and liver packing. Reintervention was decided 36 hours later, after reevaluation unpacking and hepatorrhaphy were done. The postoperative evolution was uneventful. The case indicated the importance of continuous monitoring of the traumatic patient. In liver trauma, hemodynamic instability guarantees an emergency laparotomy. The time of operations in trauma patients with SARS-CoV-2 must be reduced to the maximum both as an objective of damage control and also to minimize the risk of contagion.

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