• The use of laparoscopy in abdominal trauma has been proposed for several decades; however, it has not been widely used. With the advent of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, general surgeons are realizing the potential of this technique. This should result in an expanded role for laparoscopy, including the evaluation of abdominal trauma. We present a series in which laparoscopy was used in the evaluation of tangential gunshot wounds to the abdomen. Laparoscopy enabled us to demonstrate whether the missile had violated the peritoneal cavity and to avoid laparotomy in cases without peritoneal penetration.
(Arch Surg. 1992;127:109-110)