pneumoperitoneummedical dictionary

<radiology> Aetiology, iatrogenic, surgery, dialysis, spontaneous, peptic perforation, bowel obstruction, toxic megacolon, trauma, penetrating or blunt injury, miscellaneous, female genital tract (intercourse, douching, insufflation), pneumatosis intestinalis or coli duration, typically 4-5 days (up to 4 weeks), persists longer in adults than kids, and in thin people X-ray, upright chest or left lateral decubitus can detect 1 cc, gas under diaphragm or lateral liver margin, football sign, Rigler sign

(12 Dec 1998)