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Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 252, Issue 1, pp 5–9 | Cite as

Culdocentesis is an obsolete diagnostic tool in suspected ectopic pregnancy

  • M. Glezerman
  • F. Press
  • M. Carpman
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Summary

We studied 332 patients with proven pregnancies. Prediction of hemoperitoneum by assessment of the Douglas pouch during bimanual examination had a false negative rate of 42.1%. The false negative rate for culdocentesis was 14.8%. It is therefore concluded that culdocentesis is not a useful tool in the diagnosis of suspected ectopic pregnancies.

Key words

Ectopic pregnancy Culdocentesis Hemoperitoneum Douglas pouch Abstract 

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© Springer-Verlag 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Glezerman
    • 1
  • F. Press
    • 1
  • M. Carpman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologySoroka University Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the NegevBeer ShebaIsrael

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