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.

Signs

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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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