• A retrospective study was done on 33 patients who had staging laparotomies for Hodgkin's disease. The operation resulted in a significant change of stage in only four of the 33 patients (12%). We present opinions from authors supporting our belief that routine use of this procedure is not justified. Patients in stage I or II for whom limited radiotherapy is planned may benefit from the staging laparotomy. However, even some of these patients can be adequately treated with use of information from clinical staging only.
(Arch Surg 115:694-695, 1980)