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Semin Laparosc Surg. 2002 Mar;9(1):46-53.

Laparoscopic management of the perforated viscus.

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Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA.


Perforation of a hollow viscus is an emergency which should prompt a rapid and effective treatment. Open surgery has been considered the standard approach, but the use of laparoscopy for diagnostic purposes and treatment in favorable circumstances and locations appears to be a safe alternative with a number of advantages. Indications and contraindications, which depend on the nature of the disease, the duration of the perforation and the location, are discussed in detail.

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