Sensitivity of FAST for hemoperitoneum in blunt trauma abdomen
Author(s): Dr. Jagdish B Hedawoo, Dr. Mohd Danish Mushtaque A and Dr. Sanjay S Changole
Abstract:Introduction: The great value of FAST lies in its high sensitivity for detecting intra peritoneal fluid which accumulates in dependent areas around the liver, spleen and pouch of Douglas (pelvic).
Material and Methods: Prospective observational study was carried out for the duration of 2.5 years. 300 patients of blunt trauma abdomen admitted in trauma casualty were included in this study. In FAST assessment 255 patients were diagnosed positive for hemoperitoneum; in 50 patient’s emergency exploratory laparotomy were done.
Conclusion: FAST has sensitivity of 85.26% for detecting free intra-peritoneal fluid in BAT cases.