Colon perforation with faecal peritonitis

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio

Presentation

Patient has performed fleet enema routinely as a treatment for constipation. She was admitted to the emergency department with acute abdomen.

Patient Data

Age: 80 years
Gender: Female
CT

CT Abdomen and pelvis

Extensive pneumoperitoneum associated with free fecal content in the abdominal cavity. Note also diffuse thickening of the colonic wall.

Case Discussion

Fecal peritonitis results from the presence of faeces in the peritoneal cavity and is a serious and potentially fatal event.

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Case information

rID: 20914
Published: 20th Dec 2012
Last edited: 24th Apr 2018
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