Abdominal compartment syndrome can result from primary abdominal pathology (e.g. bowel obstruction), but it can also occur due to systemic inflammation combined with large-volume resuscitation. As such, abdominal compartment syndrome is probably more frequent than generally perceived, functioning as an occult driver of multi-organ failure. Treatment is based upon physiological properties, involving many therapies aside from simply opening the abdomen.
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