Positive Predictive Value of Alkaline Phosphatase in Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage (DPL) for the Need of Further Surgery in Patients with Torso Trauma




Background: Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage (DPL) is a routine method for evaluating internal organ damage in patients with blunt or penetrating torso trauma. Internal organ damage can lead to elevated alkaline phosphatase (ALP) levels in the DPL fluid. In this study, the researchers aimed to assess the prognostic value of elevated alkaline phosphatase levels and the need for laparotomy. Methods: In this study, the researchers evaluated 42 patients with torso trauma (18 penetrating and 24 blunt traumas). The ALP was positive for all the patients in DPL (2 IU/mL