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Posthypoxic ascites: a cause of post-traumatic abdominal distention.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  933375     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A previously unreported etiology for post-traumatic abdominal distention was observed in a 5-year-old girl who suffered only head trauma and a prolonged period of hypoxemia. When there is a rapid accumulation of peritoneal fluid containing a high concentration of protein but negative for amylase, no evidence of blood loss, plus abnormal serial liver enzyme studies and the need for placement of large volumes of fluid, posthypoxic ascites should be suspected. Peritoneal aspiration confirmed the diagnosis and treatment was supportive. Because early operative intervention is necessary in pancreatic ascites and treatment is supportive for posthypoxic ascites, it is imperative to differentiate them.
B J Urlaub; J A Moylan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  JACEP     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0361-1124     ISO Abbreviation:  JACEP     Publication Date:  1976 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-09-01     Completed Date:  1976-09-01     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0317011     Medline TA:  JACEP     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  186-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Amylases / analysis
Anoxia / complications*
Ascites / etiology*
Ascitic Fluid / analysis
Child, Preschool
Craniocerebral Trauma / complications*
Liver / enzymology
Proteins / analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Proteins; EC 3.2.1.-/Amylases

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