I Can’t Take the Pressure Anymore! When to Worry About Abdominal Compartment Syndrome


Intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) and abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) are rare but significant causes of morbidity and mortality in both traumatic and medical ICU patients. Here’s when to look out for it:



Once IAH or ACS is identified, treatment depends on the severity  of intra-abdominal pressure. 



For a more complete review of IAH or ACS, check out this great article: Abdominal Compartment Syndrome - Intra-Abdominal Hypertension: Defining, Diagnosing, and Managing