A clinical evaluation of postoperative peritoneal lavage in the treatment of perforated appendicitis

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In a comparative investigation, 369 patients operated upon for perforated appendicitis were studied retrospectively. During the period 1973-1979 181 patients with perforated appendicitis, treated at Sundsvall Hospital, were all given postoperative peritoneal lavage, whereas 188 patients with the same diagnosis treated at Skovde Hospital received no such treatment. Appendicectomy was performed in all patients and all were given systemic antibiotic therapy. Complications recorded were postoperative deaths, intra-abdominal abscesses, wound infections, postoperative ileus and lavage catheter complications. Postoperative peritoneal lavage did not diminish the frequency of these postoperative complications.


  • P Uden
  • P Eskilsson
  • L Brunes
  • Thomas Mätzsch
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Research areas and keywords

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  • Surgery
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-349
JournalBritish Journal of Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1983
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Emergency medicine/Medicine/Surgery (013240200)