Computed Tomography in Blunt Abdominal Trauma

Michael P. Federle, Richard A. Crass, R. Brooke Jeffrey, Donald Trunkey

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Abstract

Emergency abdominal computed tomography (CT) has been performed in more than 200 cases of acute blunt abdominal trauma. Computed tomography was highly sensitive and specific for a wide variety of intraperitoneal and retroperitoneal traumatic lesions. There were no false-positive or false-negative CT interpretations, except for a single case in which residual peritoneal lavage fluid was mistaken for intraperitoneal blood. Computed tomography has major advantages over other radiologic techniques, including angiography, and may obviate peritoneal lavage and exploratory laparotomy in some circumstances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)645-650
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Surgery
Volume117
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

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Tomography
Peritoneal Lavage
Wounds and Injuries
Ascitic Fluid
Laparotomy
Angiography
Emergencies

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Computed Tomography in Blunt Abdominal Trauma. / Federle, Michael P.; Crass, Richard A.; Jeffrey, R. Brooke; Trunkey, Donald.

In: Archives of Surgery, Vol. 117, No. 5, 1982, p. 645-650.

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Federle, Michael P. ; Crass, Richard A. ; Jeffrey, R. Brooke ; Trunkey, Donald. / Computed Tomography in Blunt Abdominal Trauma. In: Archives of Surgery. 1982 ; Vol. 117, No. 5. pp. 645-650.
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