Case Studies

Abdominal Pannus Case Studies

These studies were designed to determine the efficacy of InterDry® used in place of the standard treatments.

Abdominal Pannus Case Study 15

Patient description: 80-year-old female, medical history includes obesity (5’3”, 172 pounds, BMI 30.5), bilateral mastectomy, uncontrolled diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and dementia.

Past treatments: No previous treatments.

InterDry® protocol: InterDry was applied to both areas to manage the complications associated with skin folds: moisture, friction and fungal/bacterial organisms.

Day 1

Severe case of ITD (erythema, maceration, satellite lesions, denuded skin at the base of the of the fold, odor and pain) underneath the large abdominal pannus.

Outcome: Day 5

Erythema, satellite lesions, odor, denuded area and pain under the pannus was 100% resolved.

Abdominal Pannus Case Study 26

Patient description: 41-year-old female patient presented with non-healing ulcers and rash under her abdominal pannus.

Past treatments: Oral and topical antifungal treatment, paper towels, washcloths and baby diapers. The rash and symptoms never resolved.

InterDry protocol: InterDry beneath the abdominal pannus.

Day 1

Candidal intertrigo with erythema, pain, cutaneous erosions with bleeding and a sweet odor due to a mild pseudomonas infection.

Outcome: Day 7

Complete resolution of her candida intertrigo and resolving erosions. The patient returned to the surgeon who scheduled her bariatric surgery.

Abdominal Pannus Case Study 36

Patient description: 71-year-old female patient, presented for surgical wound status post massive gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhagic shock. Subtotal colectomy with end ileostomy was performed to stop the massive gastrointestinal bleeding.

InterDry protocol: Two strips of InterDry were placed beneath the abdominal pannus fold; one on each side of the abdominal incision. The fabric was replaced with each negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) dressing change which allowed for adhesion of the NPWT drape.allowed for adhesion of the NPWT drape.

Day 1

NPWT was instituted; however the large abdominal pannus trapped too much moisture resulting in intertrigo with erosions and erythema. This made the adhesion of the drape impossible and was painful for the patient.


The patient’s intertrigo was resolved with no subsequent intertrigo throughout the duration of the NPWT.

Abdominal Pannus Case Study 46

Patient description: 67-year-old female patient presented for a follow-up after hospitalization for perforated sigmoid diverticuli with surgical intervention and subsequent diversion of fecal stream with end loop colostomy and Hartmann’s pouch formation.

Past treatments: Oral antifungal regimen for 5 days in conjunction with an antifungal powder. Intertrigo did not improve.

InterDry protocol: InterDry under the abdominal pannus using cotton underwear to keep fabric in place.

Day 1

Candidal intertrigo underneath the abdominal pannus and colostomy pouch with satellite lesions, erythematous papules, denudement, weeping and a musty odor. Patient complained her red rash was painful and itching.

Outcome: Day 14

Complete resolution of candidal intertrigo beneath the abdominal pannus. The patient returned to the surgeon who scheduled her bariatric surgery.

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