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Peritoneal Lavage for Determining Peritoneal Penetration in Gunshot Wounds to the Abdomen

Specialty:

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
General Surgery & Anesthesiology
Gastroenterology

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Description:

Most gunshot wounds that penetrate the peritoneal cavity (98%) require surgical repair for internal injuries. Tangential wounds to the abdominal wall without penetration of the peritoneal cavity often do not require intra-abdominal surgery. Diagnostic peritoneal lavage can aid in deciding which patients would benefit from emergency laparotomy.

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