Diagnostic peritoneal lavage remains a valuable adjunct to modern imaging techniques.

  title={Diagnostic peritoneal lavage remains a valuable adjunct to modern imaging techniques.},
  author={John Y Cha and Jeffry L. Kashuk and Eric L Sarin and C. Clay Cothren and Jeffrey R. Johnson and Walter L. Biffl and Ernest Eugene Moore},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  volume={67 2},
  pages={330-4; discussion 334-6}
BACKGROUND Continuing improvements in computerized tomography scan technology and widespread acceptance of focused abdominal sonography for trauma (FAST) have prompted the suggestion that diagnostic peritoneal lavage (DPL) is obsolete. This sentiment, coupled with decreasing resident familiarity with DPL, has led to a poor understanding of the modern indications for DPL and no clear guidelines. We hypothesized that, while its indications may have changed, DPL remains essential in the rapid… CONTINUE READING
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Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage Remains a Valuable Adjunct to Modern Imaging Techniques

  • JY Cha, JL Kashuk, EL Sarin
  • J Trauma
  • 2009

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