World Congress of Abdominal Compartment Society

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World Congress of the Abdominal Compartment Society (WCACS) 2023

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce that after long delay we will again be gathering the Abdominal Compartment Society (WSACS) in Tartu, Estonia in September 2023. We invite you to celebrate the 10th Anniversary WSACS World Congress in conjunction with the 11th International Baltic Congress of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care.  Please save the date, September 28-30, and join us for what will be an inspiring line up of international experts conveying the latest science and therapy in abdominal compartment pathology, anaesthesia and intensive care medicine. Stay in touch for more program details here as well on the WSACS website ( ) and future correspondence from the WSACS Executive Committee. We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Tartu in September.

Edward Kimball

President of the WSACS

Preliminary programme overview

The Congress highlights a multidisciplinary approach to abdominal problems. Specialists and trainees of general and trauma surgery, anaesthesia, intensive care and emergency medicine, internal medicine, nephrology and cardiology are warmly welcomed to participate.

Basics concepts of intra-abdominal hypertension

  • Pathophysiology and measurement of intra-abdominal pressure
  • Epidemiology and impact on outcome
  • Management

Medical conditions leading to disturbed blood supply for abdominal organs

  • Non-occlusive mesenteric ischaemia
  • Concept and measurement of venous congestion
  • Right heart failure and abdominal blood supply: pathophysiology-based management
  • Intra-abdominal hypertension and kidney function: pathophysiology-based management
  • Case discussion

Workshop VEXUS (The Venous Excess Ultrasonography Score)

Open abdomen

  • When to leave the abdomen open after surgery?
  • COOL Trial: surgical management of severe peritonitis
  • Management of the open abdomen and its consequences
  • Abdominal wall reconstruction (timing and considerations)
  • Case discussion

Prophylaxis and management of the abdominal compartment syndrome (60 min)

  • How to avoid abdominal compartment syndrome?
  • Medical management of the abdominal compartment syndrome
  • Case discussion

Quo vadis WSACS?

WSACS 2.0 Round table discussion

WSACS future studies

Short presentation of future studies

Main sponsors