[False radiologic pneumoperitoneum. The value of emergency abdominal computed tomography].
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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.
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