Risk factors for recurrence in blunt traumatic abdominal wall hernias: A secondary analysis of a Western Trauma association multicenter study

Kevin N. Harrell*, Arthur D. Grimes, Harkanwar Gill, Jessica K. Reynolds, Walker R. Ueland, Jason D. Sciarretta, Samual R. Todd, Marc D. Trust, Marielle Ngoue, Bradley W. Thomas, Sullivan A. Ayuso, Aimee LaRiccia, M. Chance Spalding, Michael J. Collins, Bryan R. Collier, Basil S. Karam, Marc A. de Moya, Mark J. Lieser, John M. Chipko, James M. HaanKelly L. Lightwine, Daniel C. Cullinane, Carolyne R. Falank, Ryan C. Phillips, Michael T. Kemp, Hasan B. Alam, Pascal O. Udekwu, Gloria D. Sanin, Amy N. Hildreth, Walter L. Biffl, Kathryn B. Schaffer, Gary Marshall, Omaer Muttalib, Jeffry Nahmias, Niti Shahi, Steven L. Moulton, Robert A. Maxwell

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Abstract

Background: Few studies have investigated risk factors for recurrence of blunt traumatic abdominal wall hernias (TAWH). Methods: Twenty trauma centers identified repaired TAWH from January 2012 to December 2018. Logistic regression was used to investigate risk factors for recurrence. Results: TAWH were repaired in 175 patients with 21 (12.0%) known recurrences. No difference was found in location, defect size, or median time to repair between the recurrence and non-recurrence groups. Mesh use was not protective of recurrence. Female sex, injury severity score (ISS), emergency laparotomy (EL), and bowel resection were associated with hernia recurrence. Bowel resection remained significant in a multivariable model. Conclusion: Female sex, ISS, EL, and bowel resection were identified as risk factors for hernia recurrence. Mesh use and time to repair were not associated with recurrence. Surgeons should be mindful of these risk factors but could attempt acute repair in the setting of appropriate physiologic parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1069-1073
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Volume225
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2023

Keywords

  • Abdominal trauma
  • Hernia
  • Trauma
  • Traumatic abdominal wall hernia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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