Open versus closed diagnostic peritoneal lavage in the evaluation of abdominal trauma.

@article{LopezViego1990OpenVC,
  title={Open versus closed diagnostic peritoneal lavage in the evaluation of abdominal trauma.},
  author={Miguel A. Lopez-Viego and Timothy J. Mickel and John A Markus Weigelt},
  journal={American journal of surgery},
  year={1990},
  volume={160 6},
  pages={
          594-6; discussion 596-7
        }
}
Two hundred forty-two patients underwent diagnostic peritoneal lavage (DPL) over a 12-month period. One hundred sixteen patients (48%) were randomized to an open lavage technique and 126 (52%) to a percutaneous (closed) guide wire procedure. The closed procedure required an average of 16 minutes to complete with one operator, whereas the open method required two operators and an average time of 26 minutes (p less than 0.001). Technical complications occurred in 31 patients undergoing closed… CONTINUE READING
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