What are the goals of surgical therapy for intestinal perforation?

Updated: Jul 24, 2020
  • Author: Samy A Azer, MD, PhD, MPH; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Answer

The goals of surgical therapy are as follows:

  • To correct the underlying anatomic problem
  • To correct the cause of peritonitis
  • To remove any foreign material in the peritoneal cavity that might inhibit WBC function and promote bacterial growth (eg, feces, food, bile, gastric or intestinal secretions, blood)

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