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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Pathology

Gastrointestinal system

Peritoneum and peritoneal cavity disorders
Upper gastrointestinal tract disorders
Lower gastrointestinal tract disorders
Liver, gallbladder and pancreas disorders
Gastrointestinal system pathology review

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Pneumoperitoneum can occur due to of anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract.

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A 50-year-old man comes to the emergency department because of intense abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting that began a few hours ago. He has a 20-pack-year history of smoking. He states that lately, he has been feeling full during meals sooner than he used to, and he has been feeling tired even though he has been getting his normal amount of sleep. A urease breath test came back positive, and the physician suspects a complication from peptic ulcer disease. Which of the following tests would be the best choice to confirm this diagnosis?

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