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Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage: Sensitivity and Specificity

Introduction: None written. Excerpt from the entry in Hemoperitoneum:
These studies evaluated for presence of any abdominal injury and were done in days when many more of these went to surgery than is currently done.

Some series noted up to a 5% complication rate.

from Gavi:

Positive results are considered:

10 ml of gross blood, enteric content aspirate, RBC count >100,000/mL, or a WBC count of > 500/mL

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94% sensitive, 96% specific