Ultrasound in the evaluation and management of blunt abdominal trauma

Ann Emerg Med. 1997 Mar;29(3):357-66. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(97)70348-2.


Failure to detect intraabdominal injury in the patient with blunt trauma may result in significant morbidity and mortality. The diagnosis of abdominal injury remains a clinical challenge. Presented here is a review of recent literature comparing ultrasound with diagnostic peritoneal lavage and computed tomography in the evaluation of blunt abdominal trauma.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Injuries / diagnosis
  • Abdominal Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Algorithms
  • Controlled Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Humans
  • Peritoneal Lavage
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Ultrasonography
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / diagnosis
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / diagnostic imaging*