diagnostic peritoneal lavage

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diagnostic peritoneal lavage (DPL)

a procedure used to detect intraabdominal bleeding or viscus perforation after abdominal trauma. The open or operative approach allows direct visual examination of the peritoneum when the catheter is inserted. Gastric and bladder decompression must precede performance of DPL.
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Diagnostic peritoneal lavage (DPL) is a technique, which is being extensively studied in comparison with CT regarding its usefulness as an indicator for open surgery.
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