WSACS - the Abdominal Compartment Society

Intra-Abdominal Hypertension

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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