90th FVMA Annual Conference
Hemoabdomen can occur for a variety of reasons, including a bleeding mass, coagulopathy, trauma or anaphylaxis. These cases require rapid recognition of hemoabdomen and prompt initiation of treatment. Due to potentially profound blood loss in traumatic or spontaneous hemoabdomens, a combination of hypovolemic and anemic shock can occur. Hypovolemia can be addressed with a variety of fluid strategies, including crystalloids, colloids and blood products. The use of practical ultrasonography to identify gall bladder edema and spontaneous effusion – both of which are known abnormalities associated with anaphylaxis – is within reach of even for the novice ultrasonographer and will be covered.