Blunt abdominal injury: A review of 59 consecutive cases undergoing surgery
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1. A consecutive series of 59 patients undergoing laparotomy as a result of blunt abdominal trauma is reported. 2. Road‐traffic accidents were the most common cause of blunt abdominal trauma and frequently produced a complex pattern of associated injuries. 3. There were 8 deaths, giving a mortality‐rate of 14 per cent. 4. The number of associated injuries was the most important single factor influencing the mortality‐rate. 5. Delay in diagnosis occurred in 14 patients, and this may contribute to the high mortality‐rate of blunt abdominal injury. 6. A high index of suspicion, thorough and repeated clinical assessment, and willingness to resort to laparotomy are the main principles in the diagnosis of blunt abdominal injury. Copyright © 1973 British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd.
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