Traumatic small bowel injury

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


High speed car accident.

Patient Data

Age: 40
Gender: Male

Lower abdominal subcutaneous seat belt bruise. Small volume free intraperitoneal fluid including subtle fluid interposed between small bowel loops. Trace haematoma adjacent to the junction of the descending colon and sigmoid.


Several small locules of free intraperitoneal gas are seen near the umbilicus consistent with traumatic bowel perforation. 

Case Discussion

Subtle seat belt related bowel perforation confirmed to involve the small bowel at surgery. 

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Case information

rID: 25720
Published: 4th Nov 2013
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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