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The role of laparoscopy in chronic and recurrent abdominal pain.
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PMID:  8873529     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: This study was designed to determine the efficacy of laparoscopy on patients with a history of recurrent and chronic abdominal pain longer than 3 months, of unknown origin. METHODS: From September 1990 to May 1994, we performed 66 laparoscopic treatments on 59 patients. The assessment of life quality ensured the disability score, the McGill pain questionnaire, and the visual analogue pain scale, which were completed preoperatively, then on the day of discharge, and finally at a mean period follow-up of 75.3 weeks. Laparoscopy provided diagnosis on 53 of 59 patients (89.8%). RESULTS: All 66 attempted laparoscopic procedures were completed successfully, no conversion to laparotomy was necessary, and no postoperative complication occurred. Five out of 59 patients (8.5%) revealed no improvement of pain postoperatively, and 6 out of 56 (10.7%) still suffer from pain at the time of the follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: The pain assessment and disability score was statistically significant postoperatively and at the time of the follow-up in relation to the preoperative score.
K Miller; E Mayer; E Moritz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of surgery     Volume:  172     ISSN:  0002-9610     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Surg.     Publication Date:  1996 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-11-07     Completed Date:  1996-11-07     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370473     Medline TA:  Am J Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  353-6; discussion 356-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Second Surgical Department, Landeskrankenanstalten Salzburg, Austria.
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MeSH Terms
Abdominal Pain / etiology*
Appendicitis / complications,  diagnosis,  surgery
Chi-Square Distribution
Chronic Disease
Follow-Up Studies
Gastrointestinal Diseases / complications,  diagnosis*
Genital Diseases, Female / complications,  diagnosis*
Hernia, Inguinal / complications,  diagnosis
Middle Aged
Pain Measurement
Quality of Life
Statistics, Nonparametric
Tissue Adhesions / complications,  diagnosis

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