Sonography versus peritoneal lavage in blunt abdominal trauma

Rainer W G Gruessner, B. Mentges, C. Duber, K. Ruckert, M. Rothmund

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Abstract

The reliability of sonography and peritoneal lavage in assessing the need for immediate surgical intervention in blunt abdominal trauma was examined in a prospective study (n = 71). Statistical analysis revealed a sensitivity of 100% for peritoneal lavage compared to 84% for sonography; the accuracy was 99% versus 86%, the predictive value 97% vs. 89%. The statistical difference was significant (p<0.05). The results demonstrate that sonography cannot replace peritoneal lavage in the diagnosis of blunt abdominal trauma. The discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of both methods shows that sonography and peritoneal lavage are not competing, but rather, are complementary examinations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-244
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Trauma
Volume29
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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Peritoneal Lavage
Ultrasonography
Wounds and Injuries
Prospective Studies

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Gruessner, R. W. G., Mentges, B., Duber, C., Ruckert, K., & Rothmund, M. (1989). Sonography versus peritoneal lavage in blunt abdominal trauma. Journal of Trauma, 29(2), 242-244.

Sonography versus peritoneal lavage in blunt abdominal trauma. / Gruessner, Rainer W G; Mentges, B.; Duber, C.; Ruckert, K.; Rothmund, M.

In: Journal of Trauma, Vol. 29, No. 2, 1989, p. 242-244.

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Gruessner, RWG, Mentges, B, Duber, C, Ruckert, K & Rothmund, M 1989, 'Sonography versus peritoneal lavage in blunt abdominal trauma', Journal of Trauma, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 242-244.
Gruessner RWG, Mentges B, Duber C, Ruckert K, Rothmund M. Sonography versus peritoneal lavage in blunt abdominal trauma. Journal of Trauma. 1989;29(2):242-244.
Gruessner, Rainer W G ; Mentges, B. ; Duber, C. ; Ruckert, K. ; Rothmund, M. / Sonography versus peritoneal lavage in blunt abdominal trauma. In: Journal of Trauma. 1989 ; Vol. 29, No. 2. pp. 242-244.
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