A multimodality strategy, including damage control and angioembolization techniques, has been reported to reduce the mortality associated with surgery for complex blunt hepatic injuries. However, the indications for angiographic evaluation and embolization in patients who require surgery for hepatic injury remain unclear. We report a case of blunt hepatic injury requiring emergency laparotomy, which we treated by damage control surgery because of an inaccessible major venous injury and the fact that coagulopathy was stopping hemostasis. The decision to perform immediate postoperative angiography was based on the hemorrhagic response to Pringle's maneuver and its release after perihepatic packing during surgery. Hepatic angiography revealed extravasation from a branch of the middle hepatic artery, which was embolized successfully. Although the definitive indications for immediate postoperative angioembolization for hepatic injury have not been established, the hemorrhagic response to Pringle's maneuver and its release after perihepatic packing during damage control surgery is an indication for immediate postoperative angioembolization.
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