Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 243, Issue 3, pp 179–185

The value of preoperative chest X-rays in gynecological patients

Authors

  • G. E. Umbach
    • Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyDüsseldorf University
  • S. Zubek
    • Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyDüsseldorf University
  • H. -J. Deck
    • Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyDüsseldorf University
  • R. Buhl
    • Department of AnesthesiologyDüsseldorf University
  • H. G. Bender
    • Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyDüsseldorf University
  • R. M. Jungblut
    • Department of Diagnostic RadiologyDüsseldorf University
Originals

DOI: 10.1007/BF00932085

Cite this article as:
Umbach, G.E., Zubek, S., Deck, H.-. et al. Arch Gynecol Obstet (1988) 243: 179. doi:10.1007/BF00932085

Summary

We assessed the value of preoperative chest x-rays in gynecological patients. Abnormalities were noted in the chest x-rays of 10% of 1175 patients with genital or breast disorders. When the chest x-ray was abnormal, 48% of patients had no clinical features of intrathoracic disease. Abnormal chest x-ray results did not seem to have a major influence on the decision to operate or on the type of anesthesia used. In our series, probably only one patient would have received inappropriate treatment in the absence of a chest x-ray. We conclude that preoperative chest x-rays are of value in ruling out metastases in patients with a suspected neoplasm, but have little value in other circumstances.

Key words

Chest x-rayGynecologic patientsPreoperative

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© Springer-Verlag 1988