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Peritoneoscopy: An Invasive Procedure Without Bacteremia

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Division of Cancer Treatment
National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, MD 20014

Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(4):454-455. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-87-4-454
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The possibility of endocarditis after bacteremia in patients with valvular heart disease has led to the use of prophylactic antibiotics during invasive procedures known to be associated with bacteremia. Transient bacteremia may pose an even greater threat to the immunosuppressed or leukopenic patient or to the postsplenectomy patient.

Peritoneoscopy is a valuable procedure for evaluating patients with malignant and nonmalignant diseases. In patients with Hodgkin's (1), non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (2), and ovarian carcinoma (3), positive findings often complete necessary evaluation precluding more extensive operative procedures. In addition, peritoneoscopy provides a means by which disease can be re-evaluated after chemotherapy. It has


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