Transvaginal ultrasonographic quantitative assessment of accumulated cul-de-sac fluid

Doron J.D. Rosen, Isaac Ben-Nun, Yael Arbel, Marco M. Altaras, Shmuel B. Goldberger, Yoram Beyth

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Abstract

Preoperative quantitative assessment of pelvic fluid is an important diagnostic tool in clinical decision making. In this study, we used high-frequency transvaginal ultrasonography in 10 healthy women to assess both the correlation between various amounts of fluid installed in the cul-de-sac and ultrasonic imaging and to determine whether correct estimation of fluid volume can be reached. No fluid could be ultrasonically detected when the volume was <35 to 40 ml. Between 35 and 100 ml there was a clear image of accumulated fluid in the cul-de-sac with good correlation between volume and image, whereas with larger amounts no clear correlation between the amount of fluid introduced and size of fluid area visualized by ultrasonography was possible. Transvaginal ultrasonography may enable quantitative evaluation of certain volumes of pelvic fluid, although amounts <35 ml cannot be visualized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-544
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume166
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1992
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cul-de-sac
  • pelvic fluid
  • transvaginal ultrasonography

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