Tension pneumoperitoneum

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A 26-year-old woman developed the adult respiratory distress syndrome after a post-partum haemorrhage. After mechanical ventilation was started the signs of a tense and distended acute abdomen developed. The aspiration and subsequent analysis of copious intra-peritoneal gas confirmed the diagnosis of a tension pneumoperitoneum secondary to pulmonary barotrauma.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)532-3
Number of pages2
JournalIntensive Care Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1989


  • Abdomen, Acute, Adult, Barotrauma, Female, Humans, Lung Injury, Pneumoperitoneum, Respiration, Artificial