Laparoscopy And Trauma

Abraham A. Nisim and Daniel R. Margulies

Department of Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

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When laparoscopy was utilized either for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, a decreased rate of negative laparotomies was clearly seen, as well as an overall decreased length of hospital stay.

Table 1 reviews the findings of eight studies of laparoscopy in trauma conducted between 1991 and 2003.

Currently, the role of laparoscopy in trauma is strictly limited to hemodynamically stable patients.

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