Ultrasound Visceral Slide Assessment to Evaluate for Intra-abdominal Adhesions in Patients Undergoing Abdominal Surgery - A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.


Abdominal entry at the time of laparoscopy is a critical step with a risk of injury to underlying viscera owing to bowel adhesions. Ultrasound can be used as a preoperative tool to assess the slide of viscera underneath the abdominal wall to detect adhesion-free areas. The objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to determine the diagnostic accuracy of preoperative visceral slide assessment with ultrasound to detect intra-abdominal adhesions, compared with the gold standard of intraoperative findings.