Tohoku J. Exp. Med., 2003, 200 (2)

Case Report

A Case of Successfully Treated Inferior Vena Cava Injury

MEHMET OZKOKELI, MEHMET ATES, UMIT TOPALOGLU1 and TOLGA MUFTUOGLU1

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Prof. Dr. Siyami Ersek Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Center, Istanbul, Turkey
1Department of IV. General Surgery Clinic, Haydarpasa Numune Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

The inferior vena cava (IVC) is the most frequently injured retroperitoneal vascular structure. Despite the improvements in preoperative care and operation techniques, mortality rates for inferior vena cava injuries are still high due to delayed or inadequate volume recussitation, difficulty of diagnosis and technical problems in repair. A 1.5-cm sized wound at the IVC was primarly repaired by suturing. Because of appropriate and successful perioperative blood and fluid resuscitation, the patient was able to survive. We report a case of successfully treated IVC injury caused by a gunshot.

Key words —— inferior vena cava injury; gunshot wounds; retroperitoneal

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Tohoku J. Exp. Med., 2003, 200, 99-101

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