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Diagnostic laparoscopy

1. What is diagnostic laparoscopy?

Diagnostic laparoscopy is basically a test to find out the cause for complaints related to the abdomen for which other tests have failed to conclude anything.

2. What are the indications for this test?

It is indicated in patients with suspected appendicitis, chronic lower abdominal pain, adhesive colic, peritonitis, blunt/penetrating abdominal trauma with suspected injury and as staging for abdominal cancers.

3. How is this test performed?

It is performed as any other laparoscopic surgery with the patient in OT under general anesthesia.

4. How long does it take and what is the hospital stay?

It usually takes less than 30 minutes to perform and the patient may be discharged the same day.