Non-operative Management of an Isolated Blunt Traumatic Retrohepatic Inferior Vena Cava Injury
Traumatic inferior vena cava (IVC) injuries are often fatal. Blunt IVC injuries are encountered less often. Conservative management, albeit an option, is not often discussed in the literature. This report explores the non-operative management of a 52-year-old female unrestrained driver who presented with a blunt retrohepatic IVC injury identified on a computed tomography (CT) scan that revealed IVC disruption with extravasation of contrast. Here, we discuss the nonoperative management of the patient and review the literature concerning IVC anatomy, traumatic injuries, and management. We conclude that a hemodynamically stable patient with an isolated blunt traumatic IVC injury can be managed non-operatively.
Keywords: blunt abdominal trauma; blunt trauma; hepatic trauma; inferior vena cava injury; non-operative management; traumatic inferior vena cava injury.
Pinto F, Alouidor R, Theodore S. Non-operative Management of an Isolated Blunt Traumatic Retrohepatic Inferior Vena Cava Injury. Cureus. 2023 Mar 27;15(3):e36746. doi: 10.7759/cureus.36746.