Letters Blunt abdominal trauma

Note of caution on diagnostic peritoneal lavage

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39577.450741.3A (Published 15 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1086
  1. Nicholas F S Watson, specialist registrar,
  2. John S Hammond, consultant surgeon,
  3. Adam Brooks, consultant surgeon,
  4. John F Abercrombie, consultant surgeon,
  5. Charles A Maxwell-Armstrong, consultant surgeon
  1. 1Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, NG7 2UH
  1. nicholas.watson{at}nottingham.ac.uk

    Jansen et al highlight the potential difficulty of diagnosing intraperitoneal bleeding and hollow viscus injuries in patients with blunt abdominal trauma.1 Despite an increasing use of point of care focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST), diagnostic peritoneal lavage continues to be taught on advanced trauma …

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