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Division

West Florida

Hospital

St. Petersburg

Specialty

Internal Medicine

Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

5-2020

Keywords

Pneumoperitoneum, acute peritonitis, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR, artificial respiration

Disciplines

Digestive System Diseases | Emergency Medicine | Gastroenterology | Internal Medicine | Pathological Conditions, Signs and Symptoms | Surgery | Surgical Procedures, Operative

Abstract

Pneumoperitoneum is most commonly associated with a perforated viscus. When free air is seen on imaging, the most common course of action is an emergent exploratory laparotomy. However, pneumoperitoneum may not always be indicative of a perforated bowel. In the case described below, we will discuss a patient who developed acute peritonitis and pneumoperitoneum after undergoing chest compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and positive pressure mechanical ventilation.

A Rare Cause of Pneumoperitoneum

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