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Laparoscopy for acute abdomen



Laparoscopy for acute abdomen



Prensa Medica Argentina 85(3): 394-398



The arrival of the laparoscopy as a new diagnostic and treatment method in the emergency, is considered in this article. Objective: To describe and price the method. We have used laparoscopy as a first diagnostic study in patients with acute abdominal pain in a terciary care Hospital. Design: Retrospective consecutive study. Population: Between 5-14-97 to 1-29-98, 70 patient with acute abdominal pain wereoperated. Method. Patients with laparoscopy as the first diagnostic study were included. Results. The laparoscopic surgery was competent to make diagnosis in every case. In 61 cases (87.1%) the pathology was resolved using the same way. We had 3 operative and 8 post operative complications. The mean hospital stay was 3.9 days. Conclusions: Laparoscopy replaces other studies and improves the diagnosis in patients with acute abdominal pain. ft produces less surgical trauma, shorter hospital stay and less complications.

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