Intestinal perforation; Perforation of the intestines
Perforation of the intestine leads to leakage of intestinal contents into the abdominal cavity. This causes inflammation called
Symptoms may include:
- Abdominal pain - severe
Signs and tests
X-rays of the chest or abdomen may show air in the abdominal cavity (not in the stomach or intestines), suggesting a perforation. CT scan of the abdomen often shows the location of the perforation. The white blood cell (WBC) count is often higher than normal.