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Acronym for Staged Abdominal Repair - one operation of a series of operative abdominal entries with final fascial closure at the last abdominal entry and using a mesh device to facilitate temporary closure of the abdominal wound between the first and last STAR entry.
A velcro-like device used for temporary abdominal closure of the abdomen during STAR, consisting of two polypropylene or polyamide meshes that adhere to each other when pulled tangentially but not when pulled vertically.
A single laparotomy during a STAR.
The first laparotomy during a STAR.
STAR entries when the bur has already been sutured to the fascia to close and requiring that the bur is pulled apart to open the abdomen. The STAR index entry is usually not a bur opening.
Acute physiology and chronic health evaluation score (Knaus, 1985). The predicted mortality has been calculated using the original diagnostic weight provided in the original publication of Knaus.
Patient was alive 60 days after the index STAR entry.
Sustained abdominal hypertension that permanently impairs organ perfusion and function. It is ultimately lethal if not treated by abdominal decompression. Other references:
Any sustained elevation of intra-abdominal pressure over 10 torr (mmHg).