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August 1, 1959

ABDOMINAL PARACENTESIS AS A DIAGNOSTIC AID

Author Affiliations

Seattle

From the Department of Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, and the Division of Surgery, King County Hospital. Dr. Chapman is a postdoctorate research fellow, National Institutes of Health.

JAMA. 1959;170(14):1625-1628. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010140005002
Abstract

Definite indications for use of abdominal paracentesis include evaluatian of blunt trauma to the abdomen, evaluation of the condition of comatose patients with possible abdominal injuries, and evaluation of confusing abdominal diagnostic problems. Case reports illustrate the value of paracentesis in clarifying a confusing clinical picture in certain patients who do not present clear-cut indications for or against operative therapy. A distended abdomen is not a contraindication to the procedure. The simple routine used was not attended by complications. References stress the difficulties that can arise in interpreting a peritoneal tap.

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