Abdominal Drainage Procedures After Operation — When, Where, and by What Means?

  • P. Berger
  • P. Clowes
  • F. Gall
Conference paper


Understanding the inflammatory response within the peritoneum is of the highest importance. This cavity reacts to an onslaught by the deposition of fibrin which adheres to gut, parietal, and visceral peritoneum, and omentum in an attempt to wall off or localize the disaster within 24 h. The most important reason for drainage is to wall off an abscess where this presents, i.e., a pelvic collection pointing per rectum. The response of the peritoneum to infection in policing it and rounding it up early obviates the need to drain the cavity after the focus of infection has been removed. Drainage of the peritoneal cavity as such is ineffective and unhelpful. It should be restriced to specific sites, i.e., the abscess cavity after appendectomy for appendix mass.


Silicone Tube Abscess Cavity Visceral Peritoneum Esophagojejunal Anastomosis Latex Tube 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Berger
    • 1
  • P. Clowes
    • 2
  • F. Gall
    • 3
  1. 1.Sutton ColdfieldUK
  2. 2.BostonUSA
  3. 3.ErlangenGermany

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