The reliability of sonography and peritoneal lavage in assessing the need for immediate surgical intervention in blunt abdominal trauma was examined in a controlled prospective and retrospective study. Whereas no false results occurred using peritoneal lavage, false negative findings in sonography were 9.8% and false positive findings 3.9%. A significant difference was also found on retrospective evaluation of all cases with diagnostic peritoneal lavage (2.2% false results) and ultrasound investigations (14.9% false results). This demonstrates that sonography cannot fully replace peritoneal lavage as a diagnostic method in blunt abdominal trauma.
|Translated title of the contribution||Ultrasound and lavage in polytrauma patients with blunt abdominal trauma|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1985|
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