Idiopathic Pneumoperitoneum

  • R Rajendran Maternity & Children’s Hospital (under Ministry of Health), Najran, Saudi Arabia
  • Ghazi Mukttash Maternity & Children’s Hospital (under Ministry of Health), Najran, Saudi Arabia
  • Amanulla Mugheri Maternity & Children’s Hospital (under Ministry of Health), Najran, Saudi Arabia
  • Samir Hegab Maternity & Children’s Hospital (under Ministry of Health), Najran, Saudi Arabia
Keywords: Benign Pneumoperitoneum, Idiopathic Pneumoperitoneum, Ruptured Meconium-Cyst

Abstract

Pneumoperitoneum is generally due to gastrointestinal perforation and need emergency laparotomy. We report three cases of pneumoperitoneum without definite cause. A six month old infant, who had ventriculoperitoneal shunt in place and on mechanical ventilation, was conservatively treated for pneumoperitoneum, and recovered. Two newborns underwent emergency laparotomy with diagnosis of perforation peritonitis; but no gastrointestinal pathology was found at operation. In one of them features of ruptured meconium-cyst could be found. All patients survived. The causes of idiopathic pneumoperitoneum are analysed.

Author Biographies

R Rajendran, Maternity & Children’s Hospital (under Ministry of Health), Najran, Saudi Arabia

Consultant in Pediatric Surgery, Department of Pediatric surgery

Ghazi Mukttash, Maternity & Children’s Hospital (under Ministry of Health), Najran, Saudi Arabia

 Consultant & Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Pediatric surgery

Amanulla Mugheri, Maternity & Children’s Hospital (under Ministry of Health), Najran, Saudi Arabia

Consultant in Pediatric Surgery, Department of Pediatric surgery

Samir Hegab, Maternity & Children’s Hospital (under Ministry of Health), Najran, Saudi Arabia

Consultant in Pediatric Surgery, Department of Pediatric surgery

Published
2020-12-21
How to Cite
Rajendran, R., Mukttash, G., Mugheri, A., & Hegab, S. (2020). Idiopathic Pneumoperitoneum. IMA Kerala Medical Journal, 13(4), 150-153. https://doi.org/10.52314/kmj.2020.v13i4.594