Pseudopneumoperitoneum describes any gas within the abdominal cavity that masquerades as free intraperitoneal gas or pneumoperitoneum when it is in fact contained within an organ. Correctly identifying pneumoperitoneum is important, but making the diagnosis in error may lead to further unnecessary investigation and possible treatment 1.

Causes of pseudopneumoperitoneum include:

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rID: 6334
Section: Gamuts
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Pseudo-pneumoperitoneum

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    Case 1: Chilaiditi syndrome
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     Case 2: Chilaiditi syndrome (illustrated)
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    Case 3: properitoneal fat stripe
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    Case 4: pseudopneumoperitoneum
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