Treatment of blunt hepatic injuries: Role of CT

W. D. Foley, J. D. Cates, G. M. Kellman, T. Langdon, C. Aprahamian, T. L. Lawson, W. D. Middleton

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Serial dynamic upper abdominal computed tomography (CT) studies were performed on 20 patients as part of the conservative treatment of blunt hepatic injuries (hematoma, laceration, or fracture). Fourteen of these patients had either major or minor associated hemoperitoneum. In 13 patients, hemoperitoneum was either significantly reduced or absent by 1 week. A severe delayed hemorrhage occurred in one patient 7 1/2 days after admission; a large and unchanged volume of intraperitoneal fluid had been seen on a preceding abdominal CT scan. One other patient who had a satisfactory response underwent surgery for a pancreatic laceration. Serial abdominal CT studies are an integral part of the conservative treatment of blunt hepatic injuries and seem to be useful in monitoring resorption of hemoperitoneum and the pattern of healing of intrahepatic hematomas, lacerations, and fractures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-638
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987


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