Pneumoperitoneum after cardiopulmonary resuscitation: A therapeutic dilemma

Steven L. Clinch, Jon S. Thompson, J. A. Edney

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We report a patient who developed pneumoperitoneum after cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Ten cases have been reported in the literature. Despite the patient’s serious condition, celiotomy was performed to rule out perforation of a hollow viscus and none was found. The likelihood of visceral perforation in this setting is high and despite increasing recognition of pneumoperitoneum that does not require surgical intervention, nonoperative management should not be entertained in this setting unless visceral perforation can be excluded.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)428-430
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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