A review of all patients with liver trauma admitted to the royal adelaide hospital during the period 1983–86 was undertaken. Twelve of the 63 patients died. Liver trauma was responsible in eight (giving a mortality rate of 12.7%). The overall mortality rate was 19.0%. Most of the liver injuries (83%) were due to blunt trauma. All the deaths occurred in this group and were related directly or indirectly to blood loss. A high mortality (83%) was associated with hepatic vein injury. Right hepatectomy was unsuccessful in preventing death in any of these patients. The management of major venous injuries is discussed. A significant number of the liver injuries was minor. Analysis of these suggests that a more conservative approach to the management of haemodynamically stable patients might be appropriate.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||ANZ Journal of Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - 1989|