Percutaneous peritoneal lavage in blunt trauma patients: a safe and accurate diagnostic method.

@article{Sherman1989PercutaneousPL,
  title={Percutaneous peritoneal lavage in blunt trauma patients: a safe and accurate diagnostic method.},
  author={Janet Cohen Sherman and G A Delaurier and Michael L. Hawkins and Lt. Gen. Frederic J. Brown and R. C. Treat and A R Mansberger},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  year={1989},
  volume={29 6},
  pages={801-4; discussion 804-5}
}
We reviewed the records of 395 patients seen from January 1983 through May 1988, who after sustaining blunt thoracoabdominal trauma had diagnostic peritoneal lavage (DPL) performed percutaneously by the Seldinger wire technique of Lazarus and Nelson. The test was considered grossly positive if 10 cc of blood were aspirated from the catheter immediately after its insertion into the peritoneal cavity. Microscopic criteria for positivity included more than 100,000 RBC or 500 WBC/cc of lavage… CONTINUE READING