Isolated free fluid on computed tomographic scan in blunt abdominal trauma: a systematic review of incidence and management.

@article{Rodriguez2002IsolatedFF,
  title={Isolated free fluid on computed tomographic scan in blunt abdominal trauma: a systematic review of incidence and management.},
  author={Christian C Rodriguez and James E. Barone and Tyr O Wilbanks and Chan-Kook Rha and Kevin Miller},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  year={2002},
  volume={53 1},
  pages={79-85}
}
BACKGROUND Abdominal computed tomographic (CT) scan is accepted as the primary diagnostic modality in stable patients with blunt abdominal trauma. A recent survey of 328 trauma surgeons demonstrated marked variation in the management of patients with head injuries and the finding of free intra-abdominal fluid without solid organ injury on CT scan. This study was undertaken to attempt to determine what to do when free fluid without solid organ injury is seen on abdominal CT scan in patients with… CONTINUE READING