Use of prosthetic mesh in difficult abdominal wall closure after small bowel transplantation in adults

F. Di Benedetto, A. Lauro, M. Masetti, N. Cautero, N. De Ruvo, C. Quintini, T. Diago Uso', A. Romano, A. Dazzi, G. Ramacciato, R. Cipriani, G. Ercolani, G. L. Grazi, G. E. Gerunda, A. D. Pinna

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Abdominal wall closure after intestinal transplantation in adult patients can be a difficult procedure. The main possibility offered by international experience is the use of myocutaneous flaps and abdominal wall transplantation. We report our experience in intestinal/multivisceral transplantation, including four difficult cases among 27 adult transplant recipients. Three patients underwent prosthetic mesh alone and one, a myocutaneous flap for abdominal closure after primary mesh positioning. We selected a mesh with a structure that allowed us to close the abdomen without creating adhesions and, at the same time, stimulating tissue repair. Two patients experienced local mesh infection, which has been kept under clinical control by antibiotics and daily medications till neoabdominal wall formation. The mesh was then removed. Another patient underwent mesh substitution for a suspicious fever. The last patient had mesh as a bridge for a subsequent myocutaneous flap from the thigh. All patients are in good health with well-functioning grafts and no need for parenteral nutrition. No enterocutaneous fistulae were detected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2272-2274
Number of pages3
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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