Prenatal rectal perforation: An unsuspected cause of isolated ascites

G. Casaccia, C. Giorlandino, O. A. Catalano, P. Bagolan

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In fetal intestinal perforation, inflammation leads to production of ascites. Small bowel is usually involved by perforation with the distal ileum the most frequent site. We report the first case of prenatal perforation of the intraperitoneal part of the rectum, which presented as severe ascites at a 37 weeks' gestation antenatal ultrasonography. As none of the reported causes of intestinal perforation were identified in our case, its etiology remained idiopathic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-719
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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