Abdominal X-Ray: Definition
Pronounced: LAP-uh-ROT-uh-meeEn Español (Spanish Version)
This is an open surgery of the abdomen to view the organs and tissue inside.
Abdominal Organs, Anterior View
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This procedure is done to evaluate problems in the abdomen.
Problems that may need to be examined with an exploratory laparotomy include:
- A hole in the bowel wall
- Ectopic pregnancy—pregnancy outside of the uterus
- Damage to an organ from trauma
- Infection in the abdomen
The procedure may also be done to stage cancer or to biopsy the area.
Last reviewedMarch 2014by Daus Mahnke, MD
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