Culdocentesis (Colpocentesis)

CHAPTER 139 Culdocentesis (Colpocentesis)

Culdocentesis is a procedure for female patients designed to detect and sample free fluid in the peritoneal cavity. The classic application of this test is for the diagnosis of hemoperitoneum due to ruptured ectopic pregnancy, but it can also be used to detect acute pelvic inflammatory disease and to sample ascites. Modern imaging modalities, such as ultrasonography, have greatly reduced the need to perform culdocentesis, but occasionally in an emergency or where imaging resources are unavailable, culdocentesis can be extremely useful—even life-saving.

May 14, 2017 | Posted by in GENERAL & FAMILY MEDICINE | Comments Off on Culdocentesis (Colpocentesis)
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