Hollow visceral injury after blunt lower thoracic and abdominal traumaPermentier, Krisa; De Turck, Brunob; Van Nieuwenhove, Yvesc; Corne, Lucb; Delooz, HermanbEuropean Journal of Emergency Medicine: December 2003 - Volume 10 - Issue 4 - p 337-341 CASE REPORT Buy Abstract Author InformationAuthors The early diagnosis of hollow viscous injury after blunt abdominal trauma remains a challenge for physicians in the Emergency Department, although the early diagnosis of hollow viscous injury decreases morbidity and mortality. After a description of two cases of hollow viscous injury after blunt abdominal trauma, a literature review is performed concerning the indications and limitations of diagnostic imaging modalities. Focused abdominal sonography for trauma, computed tomography scan and diagnostic peritoneal lavage are described. On the basis of the review a proposal for maximal diagnostic accuracy is made. aEmergency Department, General City Hospital ASZ Aalst, Aalst, Belgium bEmergency Department cDepartment of Surgery, Free University Hospital AZ–VUB, Brussels, Belgium Correspondence to Kris Permentier, General City Hospital ASZ Aalst, Merestraat 80, 9300 Aalst, Belgium Tel: +32 (0)54 43 27 11; fax: +32 (0)54 43 27 10; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.