The ability to optically visualize the abdominal cavity in the post-surgical patient can prove to be invaluable, particularly when imaging studies and exam findings can be difficult to interpret. Post-surgical drains are often used and provide a window into the abdominal cavity. In this proof-of-concept study, it is demonstrated that an ordinary drain can be used as a point of access and hence a doorway into the abdominal cavity. This technique has been termed drainoscopy, and the approach is demonstrated with video supplement.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
The procedure performed in this study, involved a human participant, and was conducted in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtained from the individual included in the study.
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Atallah, S., deBeche-Adams, T., Imam, Z. et al. Drainoscopy: a doorway to the abdomen in the post-surgical patient. Tech Coloproctol 19, 483–486 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10151-015-1335-0
- Diagnostic laparoscopy
- Surgical drain