Closed suction pelvic drainage after radical pelvic surgical procedures

James W. Orr, James F. Barter, Larry C. Kilgore, Seng Jaw Soong, Hugh M. Shingleton, Kenneth D. Hatch

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Thirty-four women had short-term, low-pressure, closed suction pelvic drainage after radical gynecologic surgical procedures. Mean collected fluid losses were significantly higher after radical hysterectomy (25.3 ml/kg) when compared with abdominal hysterectomy (10.7 ml/kg) and lymphadenectomy. There was no correlation between the volume of pelvic drainage and patient's age, patient's weight, duration of operation, or amount of blood loss. The fluid contents resembled serum and were rarely culture positive. Short-term (5-day) drainage was not associated with lymphocysts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)867-871
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1986


  • Pelvic drainage
  • radical pelvic surgical procedures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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