Intraabdominal infections

Michael A. West*, Michael B. Shapiro

*Corresponding author for this work

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A century ago, infectious complications severely limited the capacity of surgeons to care for abdominal pathology. Advances in medical care over the past 100 years have made abdominal surgery remarkably safe. There is a sense that even extensive procedures are routine, particularly in patients who do not have major comorbidities. Although we often think that progress has limited infectious complications, the reality is that in 2006 infections are the most frequent cause of morbidity and mortality in surgical patients.1-3

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSurgery
Subtitle of host publicationBasic Science and Clinical Evidence: Second Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783540297338
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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