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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care|
|State||Published - Mar 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine