Computerized tomography has proved useful in the evaluation of selected patients suffering blunt abdominal trauma. Seventeen patients with major multisystem injuries were treated using a protocol involving abdominal computerized tomographic scans for evaluation of intraabdominal injury. Significant solid organ injury was accurately diagnosed in 10 of 17 patients, 2 of whom eventually required surgical treatment. The remainder of the patients with intraabdominal solid organ injury diagnosed by computerized tomographic scan were followed under strict guidelines and recovered without surgery. Computerized tomography represents a quick, accurate diagnostic technique for dealing with blunt abdominal trauma in selected multiply injured patients.
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