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Table 5 Unplanned relaparotomy indications

From: Outcome of trauma-related emergency laparotomies, in an era of far-reaching specialization

  Time to index laparotomy (hours)
  0–2 2–6 6–24 > 24
Total number of patients 190 17 24 37
Total number of relaparotomy 38 5 3 12
Hemodynamic instabilitya 22 0 2 1
- Insufficient source control 6 0 1 1
- Rebleed after resuscitation 10 0 1 0
- Coagulopathy 6 0 0 0
Sepsis     
- Anastomosis leakage 7 1 1 3
- Secondary extension of 3 0 0 3
- contusion over time 2 1 1 0
- Cecum blowout 2 0 0 0
Intra-abdominal abscess 1 1 0 1
Abdominal compartment syndrome 2 0 0 0
Other 10 2 0 4
  1. Indication for unplanned relaparotomy in 58 of all patients after emergency laparotomy. Most of the relaparotomies were performed within 2 h after the index laparotomy or after 24 h. There were several indications for the relaparotomies
  2. aMultiple answers possible