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Pneumoperitoneum

Summary of Pneumoperitoneum
Pneumoperitoneum is the abnormal presence of air or other gas in the peritoneal cavity. The most common cause is a perforated abdominal viscus, generally a perforated peptic ulcer, although any part of the bowel may perforate from a benign ulcer, tumor or abdominal trauma. A perforated appendix seldom causes a pneumoperitoneum.

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Gastrointestinal system

Peritoneum and peritoneal cavity disorders
Upper gastrointestinal tract disorders
Lower gastrointestinal tract disorders
Liver, gallbladder and pancreas disorders
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Pneumoperitoneum can occur due to of