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The role of peritoneoscopy (laparoscopy) in the evaluation of the acute abdomen in critically ill patients



The role of peritoneoscopy (laparoscopy) in the evaluation of the acute abdomen in critically ill patients



Surgical Endoscopy 6(5): 219-221



Emergency peritoneoscopy (laparoscopy) to evaluate a suspected intraabdominal catastrophe was performed in ten critically ill patients over a 3-year period. The examination was negative in six cases, thereby avoiding celiotomy in this high-risk group. The examination was positive in four cases and, on this basis, celiotomy was recommended. Verification of the peritoneoscopic findings by clinical follow-up, operative findings, or autopsy was obtained in eight out of the ten cases. Based on our experience, we feel that peritoneoscopy is of value in defining the indications for celiotomy in this high risk group of patients.

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PMID: 1465726

DOI: 10.1007/bf02498806


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