Neonatal pneumoperitoneum

Last revised by Dr Mostafa El-Feky on 30 Apr 2020

The causes of neonatal pneumoperitoneum are different from adult pneumoperitoneum and include:

Radiographic features

Although these are essentially the same as in adults, erect chest X-rays are not obtained, and thus the diagnosis should be made with supine films. Additional horizontal cross table shoot through films or left decubitus shoot though films may be performed.


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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: football sign
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  • Case 2: necrotizing enterocolitis
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  • Case 3
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