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April 9, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(15):1192-1193. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680410068022

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The Use of Ether for Lavage of the Peritoneum Following Laparotomy  Ether for lavage of the peritoneum following laparotomy, a method that has come into use through Dr. Souligoux, has in recent years found many advocates among French surgeons. After a laparotomy in a septic field, or possibly merely as a preventive measure, they apply 200 Gm. or more of ether intraperitoneally before closing the abdomen. Some surgeons have used a whole liter of ether. At a recent meeting of the Société de chirurgie de Paris, a discussion arose on the subject. Dr. Thiéry announced that drainage alone, in purulent peritonitis, had afforded him 33 per cent of successful results but that, by combining with it ether lavage, he had obtained from 80 to 85 per cent of successful outcomes. He stated further that he had had a series of laparotomies for suppurative salpingitis with only 2 per cent of

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