BACKGROUND: Abdominal wall dehiscence with an associated enterocutaneous fistula is a surgical complication with high morbidity and mortality. Management of the abdominal wall defect is complicated by the continued emergence of liquid bowel contents. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Large abdominal wall wounds of 10 patients with postoperative abdominal wall dehiscence and active enterocutaneous fistulae were managed with early skin grafting directly onto the granulated abdominal viscera. RESULTS: Skin graft take averaged 93 ± 12%, and there were no perioperative complications related to the skin grafting procedure. Overall mortality was 1 out of 10 patients. Enterocutaneous fistula output did not prove overly injurious to the skin grafts. Wound care was simplified in all but 1 patient with fitting of an ostomy appliance. CONCLUSION: Temporary abdominal wall wound closure with skin grafts improved patient comfort and simplified wound care in a staged reconstructive approach to this surgical complication.
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