Dynamic closure system and botulinum toxin: a novel alternative for definitive closure of open abdomen
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We report the case of a 54-year-old male patient hospitalized for COVID-19 pneumonia who developed septic shock due to acute Hinchey IV diverticulitis and required Hartmann’s surgery. The patient evolved with colonic ischemia and underwent total colectomy and open abdomen (OA) with temporary abdominal closure (TAC) that was managed with a vacuum-assisted wound closure (VAWC)
system for 7 weeks, resulting in a Björck grade 3A OA with a 16-cm gap. As he had a favorable clinic course, dynamic closure with mesh-mediated fascial traction was decided, associated with botulinum toxin (BT) injection.
This strategy allowed primary fascial closure (PFC) of the abdominal wall 5 weeks after treatment was initiated, thus avoiding the complications of healing by secondary intention.