Pneumoperitoneum from penetrating stab wounds

Case contributed by Dr David Cuete


Patient stabbed in a fight

Patient Data

Age: 24
Gender: Male

Unenhanced CT abdomen and pelvis

Computed tomography demonstrates small bubbles in the right subphrenic and perihepatic space. Subcutaneous emphysema is evident following a linear path. CT also demonstrates a comminuted fracture of the costal arch. No significant injury to the abdominal organs. One last lesion is displayed in the subcutaneous tissue of the abdominal wall in front of the abdominal rectus muscle

Case Discussion

This case shows a pneumoperitoneum due to penetrating abdominal trauma.

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Case information

rID: 26928
Published: 15th Jan 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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