Pneumoperitoneum

Case contributed by Dr Portia D'Anverrs

Presentation

Right then left shoulder tip pain followed by generalised abdominal tenderness, maximal at the epigastrium. Associated melena and haematemesis. Hb drop from 120 to 67, pallor. Normotensive and normocardic. Past medical history included gastritis one month preceding, commenced on PPI.

Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Female
X-ray

Erect chest radiograph demonstrating subdiaphragmatic free gas bilaterally and evidence of the cupola sign

Case Discussion

This case demonstrates pneumoperitioneum in a young patient with no known risk factors of peptic ulcer disease. The patient underwent urgent laparoscopy and was found to have a perforated gastric ulcer. 

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Case information

rID: 46608
Published: 11th Jul 2016
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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