Bowel perforation - pneumoperitoneum

Case contributed by Dr Prashant Mudgal


Young adult presented with severe abdominal pain, guarding and rigidity.

Patient Data

Age: 22 years
Gender: Male

Large amount of intraperitoneal air noted bounded by abdominal wall, lateral border of liver and inferior surface of diaphragm along with fluid level suggestive of bowel perforation.

Case Discussion

The patient was brought unconscious and severe abdominal pain. and  id the the patient couldn't afford to stand for conventional chest x ray, a better alternative is left lateral decubitus shoot through. Patient is allowed to lie down in left lateral decubitus for around 10 minutes, so that intraperitoneal air in the lesser sac can pass through foramen of Winslow into the greater sac and accumulate between lateral margin of liver and lateral abdominal wall.

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Case information

rID: 33973
Case created: 30th Jan 2015
Last edited: 8th Dec 2015
Tag: pm
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