A new technique for exposure of injuries at the confluence of the retrohepatic veins and the retrohepatic vena cava

Kennan J. Buechter, Gerardo A. Gomez, Robert Zeppa

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Abstract

Because of difficulties in rapid exposure and control, injuries of the retrohepatic veins and retrohepatic vena cava continue to have mortality rates approaching 100%. Current strategies include shunt and finger fracture techniques, with controversy continuing over the optimal approach. We describe a new technique which involves mobilization of the liver by transecting the superhepatic vena cava, and affords a posterior approach to these injuries. Cadaveric dissection and clinical experience are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-331
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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