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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 95-99

The efficacy of laparoscopy in the diagnosis and management of chronic abdominal pain

Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

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Gouda M El-labban
Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Round Road, Ismailia
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-9941.72594

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Background : Chronic abdominal pain is a difficult complaint. It leads to evident suffering and disability, both physically and psychologically. Many diagnostic and therapeutic procedures have been described in literature, but with little proof or evidence of success. Laparoscopy is one of the modalities that could be of benefit in such cases. We aim to evaluate the diagnostic and therapeutic value of laparoscopy in cases with chronic abdominal pain. Materials and Methods : Thirty patients with chronic abdominal pain were included in this prospective descriptive cross-sectional study. The pain in all patients was of unclear etiology despite all the investigative procedures. All patients were subjected to laparoscopic evaluation for their conditions. The findings and outcomes of the laparoscopy were recorded and analyzed. Results : The most common site of pain was the periumbilical region (30%). A definitive diagnosis was made in 25 patients (83.3%), while five patients (16.7%) had no obvious pathology. Adhesions were the most common laparoscopic findings (63.3%) followed by appendiceal pathology (10%), hernia (3.3%), gall bladder pathology (3.3%), and mesenteric lymphadenopathy (3.3%). Postoperatively, pain relief was achieved in 24 patients (80%) after two months. Conclusion : Laparoscopy is an effective diagnostic and therapeutic modality in the management of patients with chronic abdominal pain.


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