Pneumoperitoneum

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio

Presentation

Know history of advanced colorectal carcinoma presenting at the emergency department with distended and painful abdomen.

Patient Data

Age: 77
Gender: Female
CT

CT Abdomen

Selected axial CT image using lung window shows better the presence of free intra-abdominal air.

Case Discussion

This patient had an intestinal perforation due to the advanced neoplastic disease. Unfortunately he died one day later the presentation. 

Pneumoperitoneum is gas within the peritoneal cavity, and often is the harbinger of a critical illness.

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Case information

rID: 19130
Case created: 8th Aug 2012
Last edited: 9th Oct 2015
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