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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 193-196

Emergency focused assessment with sonography in blunt trauma abdomen

1 Department of Vascular Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Departments of General Surgery, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
3 Departments of Radiodiagnosis, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Navdeep Singh Saini
Department of Surgery, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Brown Road, Ludhiana - 141 008, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijabmr.IJABMR_273_19

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Background: Focused assessment with sonography in trauma (FAST) being a rapid noninvasive examination is used primarily to evaluate for the evidence of traumatic free fluid suggestive of injury in the peritoneal, pericardial, and pleural cavities. It is widely recognized as a mainstream emergency skill in the management of trauma. Aim: The aim of the study is to evaluate the accuracy of FAST in patients presenting with blunt abdominal trauma. Methods: Data were collected prospectively from FAST scans conducted in blunt trauma abdomen (BTA) patients. Positive and negative FAST scans were confirmed either with contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) abdomen or with exploratory laparotomy, thus dividing it further into four groups, i.e., true-positive, false-positive, true-negative, and false-negative scans. After collecting the data, accuracy of FAST was calculated. Results: In this study, a total of 104 patients were included. The mean age was 38.17 years. Most common cause of BTA was road traffic accident. The overall sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of FAST were 69.8%, 92.1%, and 80.8%, respectively. Conclusion: This study showed that FAST is of paramount importance in patients who are hemodynamically unstable as it has a high positive predictive value. However, a FAST-negative result should always be confirmed by other modalities.

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