Cell type, size of tumor, unilateral or bilateral involvement, location and number of lymph nodes involved, involvement of other pelvic organs (surface vs parenchymal)
Instillation of approximately 200 ml. of saline solution into the abdomen or pelvis during laparotomy. After the solution is allowed to contact surfaces in the area for about five minutes, it is aspirated and sent for cytologic examination. This procedure is used to determine whether tumor is present in the abdomen in the absence of ascites.
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