Spontaneous pneumoperitoneum after pneumonia in a child
Article first published online: 3 JAN 2007
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 43, Issue 1-2, pages 85–86, January/February 2007
How to Cite
Chan, D. T., Wong, K. K. and Tam, P. K. (2007), Spontaneous pneumoperitoneum after pneumonia in a child. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 43: 85–86. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2007.01009.x
- Issue published online: 3 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 3 JAN 2007
- Accepted for publication 30 August 2006.
Abstract: Pneumoperitoneum is considered to be a surgical emergency as it nearly always indicates a perforated abdominal viscus. However, in rare cases, the presence of ‘free gas under diaphragm’ may not imply the need for emergent laparotomy, as pneumoperitoneum can occur without any gastrointestinal leakage. Here we report a rare case of a previously healthy boy with pneumoperitoneum associated with pneumonia and perform a review of the literature to explore the etiological mechanisms and the pathophysiology of non-surgical pneumoperitoneum.