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Pneumoperitoneum

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This x-ray demonstrates a dramatic case of pneumoperitoneum, sometimes called free air under the diaphragm.

This finding can be subtle but should always be treated as a surgical emergency. In this case, pneumoperitoneum was caused by a perforated sigmoid colon, but free air can also be caused by any pathology resulting in a perforation in the gastrointestinal tract.

See more cases like this on Figure 1.

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