The use of duplex ultrasonography in penetrating neck trauma

Enrique Ginzburg, Berta Montalvo, Susan LeBlang, Diego Nunez, Larry Martin

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Objective: To compare intraoperative findings and/or angiography with color-flow duplex scan. Design: This prospective double-blind study was performed on all stable patients with zone 1, 2, or 3 penetrating neck trauma. Results of angiographic or intraoperative findings were compared with the results of duplex ultrasonographic scans. Main Outcome Measures: Fifty- five patients were studied over a 2-year period in which the distribution of injuries included 23 stab wounds (42%), 30 gunshot wounds (54%), and 2 motor vehicular lacerations (4%). There were 42 patients (76%) with normal ultrasonographic results and 13 patients (24%) with abnormal ultrasonographic results. The true-negative rate was 100%; however, there were 2 false positives resulting in 100% sensitivity and 85% specificity. Conclusions: Duplex ultrasonography provides an excellent diagnostic modality with cost- saving, patient-friendly characteristics and a low rate of morbidity. It should be instituted as the primary diagnostic procedure of choice for penetrating neck trauma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)691-693
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Surgery
Volume131
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 2 1996

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Ultrasonography
Neck
Wounds and Injuries
Stab Wounds
Gunshot Wounds
Lacerations
Double-Blind Method
Angiography
Color
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Morbidity
Costs and Cost Analysis
Sensitivity and Specificity

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Ginzburg, E., Montalvo, B., LeBlang, S., Nunez, D., & Martin, L. (1996). The use of duplex ultrasonography in penetrating neck trauma. Archives of Surgery, 131(7), 691-693.

The use of duplex ultrasonography in penetrating neck trauma. / Ginzburg, Enrique; Montalvo, Berta; LeBlang, Susan; Nunez, Diego; Martin, Larry.

In: Archives of Surgery, Vol. 131, No. 7, 02.08.1996, p. 691-693.

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Ginzburg, E, Montalvo, B, LeBlang, S, Nunez, D & Martin, L 1996, 'The use of duplex ultrasonography in penetrating neck trauma', Archives of Surgery, vol. 131, no. 7, pp. 691-693.
Ginzburg E, Montalvo B, LeBlang S, Nunez D, Martin L. The use of duplex ultrasonography in penetrating neck trauma. Archives of Surgery. 1996 Aug 2;131(7):691-693.
Ginzburg, Enrique ; Montalvo, Berta ; LeBlang, Susan ; Nunez, Diego ; Martin, Larry. / The use of duplex ultrasonography in penetrating neck trauma. In: Archives of Surgery. 1996 ; Vol. 131, No. 7. pp. 691-693.
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