Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 141–143 | Cite as

Pneumopericardium and subcutaneous emphysema of the neck

An unusual manifestation of colonoscopic perforation
  • S. D. Fitzgerald
  • A. Denk
  • M. Flynn
  • W. E. Longo
  • A. M. VernavaIII
Case Reports


Subcutaneous neck emphysema has been reported infrequently following colonoscopic perforation and only a single case of pneumopericardium has been previously reported. The successful management of these patients in the literature has largely been nonoperative. We report a case of colonoscopic perforation which presented with subcutaneous neck emphysema, pneumopericardium, and pneumoperitoneum that required operative intervention.

Key words

Colonoscopy Perforation Pneumopericardium Subcutaneous emphysema 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. D. Fitzgerald
    • 1
  • A. Denk
    • 2
  • M. Flynn
    • 2
  • W. E. Longo
    • 1
  • A. M. VernavaIII
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Louis University Medical CenterSt. Louis
  2. 2.Departments of SurgerySt. Mary's Health CenterSt. LouisUSA

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