[False radiologic pneumoperitoneum. The value of emergency abdominal computed tomography]. Academic Article uri icon

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  • We report 2 cases of false pneumoperitoneum. The diagnosis was suspected on an upright chest or abdominal plain films. The absence of clinical signs and symptoms of peritoneal irritation suggested a wrong radiological diagnosis. Emergency CT scan definitely eliminated a pneumoperitoneum and suggested the right diagnosis in both cases. This exam may play the decisive role in preventing needless emergency laparotomy.


  • Nseif, M
  • Berger, A
  • Bely, N
  • Zinzindohoue, F
  • Cellier, C
  • Frija, Guy
  • Cugnenc, P

publication date

  • December 1997