Clinical settingPatients referred for a diagnostic laparoscopy in a single gastroenterology unit. Only results for patients with ascites of unknown origin are included in this appraisal.
Participants and Country142 diagnostic laparoscopy procedures were done for ascites of unknown origin. Korea
Study designRetrospective case series.
Target conditionDiagnosis of metastatic carcinoma, peritoneal tuberculosis, no disease, or mesothelioma. Reference standard was
TestsLaparoscopy with biopsy
Follow upNot reported
Propotion of patients with malignancy46/142 (32%)
Pathology techniquesNot reported

From: Guideline chapter 2, Diagnosis

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Diagnosis and Management of Metastatic Malignant Disease of Unknown Primary Origin.
NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 104.
National Collaborating Centre for Cancer (UK).
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