Gastric perforation

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Sudden onset abdominal pain two days ago. Diaphoretic. BP 160/100. FAST positive.

Patient Data

Age: 57
Gender: Male


Large volume of abdominal free fluid and free gas. Smaller locules of gas are focused around the upper abdomen and there appears to be defect within the posterior wall of the gastric antrum with contrast extravasation at this point and into the stomach as well as into the lesser sac. Some shouldering may be present.


Large volume of free fluid or free gas is in keeping with perforated hollow viscus.

Case Discussion

The patient proceeded to theatre and underwent a subtotal gastrectomy. Histopathology demonstrated: established transmural haemorrhagic necrosis and necrotic omentum.

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Case information

rID: 28095
Published: 10th Mar 2014
Last edited: 22nd Sep 2015
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