Pneumoperitoneum

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel

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Acute abdominal pain for 12 hrs. Referred for ultrasound.

Patient Data

Age: 20 yrs
Gender: Male
Modality: Ultrasound

Without compression, there is uniform acoustic shadowing at the interface deep to the inner abdominal wall. With compression, this disappears.

This is compatible with pneumoperitoneum blocking the sound beam which resolves when it is pressed out of the way.

Modality: X-ray

Free intra-abdominal gas under the diaphragm.

Case Discussion

Pneumoperitoneum

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Case Information

rID: 19953
Case created: 25th Oct 2012
Last edited: 18th Dec 2015
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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