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Tension pneumoperitoneum: innovative decompression of this general surgical emergency

Author(s): Alun E. Jones | Dean Godfrey | Guy F. Nash

Journal: Surgical Techniques Development
ISSN 2038-9574

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: e21;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: tension pneumoperitoneum.

We describe the novel use of a cannula in decompressing a large tension pneumoperitoneum secondary to perforated sigmoid diverticulum, in which the patient did not subsequently require an emergency laparotomy. Needle decompression was successfully used as part of a conservative regimen, thus avoiding potentially high-risk surgery.
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