Football sign

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Neonate distended abdomen.

Patient Data

Age: <1
Gender: Male

The football sign observed in large pneumoperitoneum in neonates, extending over the whole abdomen.

Case Discussion

This newborn developed a large pneumoperitoneum after a few days of life, as a complication of necrotising enterocolitis.  The appearances are described as the football sign giving the elliptoid shape in the craniocaudal direction.  It must be highlighted this is an 'American' football its shape represents, rather than the one used in the European game of football (soccer in America). 
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Case information

rID: 21204
Published: 9th Jan 2013
Last edited: 28th Sep 2016
System: Paediatrics
Tag: rapids
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