exploratory laparotomy

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exploratory laparotomy

Surgery A 'look-see' operation usually of the peritoneal cavity, in which the surgeon examines all surfaces for lesions–eg, abscesses and tumor nodules; during EL, the operator may biopsy the tissue or obtain peritoneal washings from which a specimen for cytology is processed Indications Surgical staging of regional malignancy–eg, ovarian CA Complications Adhesion formation, especially if Pts receive RT. See Laparoscopy.


incision through the flank or, more generally, through any part of the abdominal wall.

exploratory laparotomy
for the purpose of physically examining the contents of the peritoneal cavity.
laparotomy grid
see grid incision.
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I then collaborated with the multi-disciplinary team to set up the theatre to perform a surgical exploratory laparotomy.
Exploratory laparotomy revealed a large left-sided retroperitoneal hematoma extending from the supramesocolic space to the left para-vesical and presacral spaces.
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By the time patient was posted for exploratory laparotomy the patient was gasping and had to be intubated.
Patients who fail conservative therapy should undergo an exploratory laparotomy (6).

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