Symptoms of damage to hollow organs

Posted: May 16, 2012 in Pediatric surgery

Bowel  :

The small intestine takes up a large part of the abdomen ironically and is likely to be damaged in penetrating injury. Gas within the abdominal cavity seen on CT is understood to be a diagnostic sign of bowel perforation; however intra-abdominal air can also be caused by pneumothorax (air in the pleural cavity outside the lungs that has escaped from the respiratory system) or pneumomediastinum (air in the mediastinum, the center of the chest cavity). Bowel injury may be associated with complications such as infection, abscess, bowel obstruction, and the formation of a fistula.

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