Culdocentesis is an obsolete diagnostic tool in suspected ectopic pregnancy

M. Glezerman*, F. Press, M. Carpman

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Abstract

We studied 332 patients with proven pregnancies. Prediction of hemoperitoneum by assessment of the Douglas pouch during bimanual examination had a false negative rate of 42.1%. The false negative rate for culdocentesis was 14.8%. It is therefore concluded that culdocentesis is not a useful tool in the diagnosis of suspected ectopic pregnancies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-9
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume252
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1992
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Abstract
  • Culdocentesis
  • Douglas pouch
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Hemoperitoneum

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