A newborn infant, who had suffered intrauterine perforation and had developed peritoneal calcification, showed no sign of pneumoperitoneum on the first radiography taken 3 hours after delivery. At the time air was present in the stomach only. Subsequently pneumoperitoneum developed as air passed down the gut to the point of perforation. Thus, the absence of pneumoperitoneum on a radiograph taken very early in life does not exclude an intestinal perforation.
- Intestinal perforation
- Meconium peritonitis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health