Penetrating Abdominal Trauma

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Our residents needed a readable (and relatively brief) chapter on “penetrating trauma”. Though there are plenty of books on the subject, finding a reasonable shorter work that wasn’t entirely useless was difficult. So, with the help of the generous license at and this previous awesome work by Charles Krin and Karim Brohi, I took a shot at putting one together. It updates the 2004 article a bit and adds a section on management of specific penetrating organ injuries. It’s appropriate for residents, it’s pretty rough, and there’s lots of complex stuff it leaves out (you might consider it ATOM Lite, really light). But hey, it’s free. Share and enjoy.

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Download “Penetrating Abdominal Trauma: Evaluation & Management”, version 20170821-2:

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