Sequential peritoneal lavage and early diagnosis of colon perforation.

Abstract

In order to determine the usefulness of the lavage white blood cell count as a diagnostic indicator of occult colon perforation, we subjected 20 mongrel dogs to sham laparotomy, isolated liver stab wound, or closed colon perforation and then performed sequential peritoneal lavage. The lavage white cell count rose steadily in those animals with colon… (More)

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