Free air/gas within the peritoneum, also known as pneumoperitoneum, can be a sign of a critical pathology, postoperative complication, trauma, or can arise from iatrogenic causes (Sharma and Jones. Pneumomediastinum. Radiopaedia. Accessed 6 Jun 2018 https://radiopaedia.org/articles/pneumomediastinum; Sureka et al. J Fam Med Prim Care 4(3):477, 2015). Prompt and accurate diagnosis is life-saving in this population to reduce enteric contamination. Surgical intervention is often indicated.
KeywordsUpright abdominal radiograph Right hemidiaphragm Pneumoperitoneum Air/microperforations Computerized tomography Pathology
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