Despite increasing interest in intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) and abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) as causes of significant morbidity and mortality among the critically ill, unanswered questions cloud the understanding of the pathophysiology of these conditions:
- Are IAH and ACS synonymous?
- What are the ideal methods of measuring and lowering intra-abdominal pressure (IAP)?
- When should we think of IAH?
- Can IAH be prevented?
- What level of IAP requires abdominal decompression?
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