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Colonic Barotrauma Causing Tension Pneumoperitoneum Following Jet Air Insufflation to the Rectum
1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan  
Eurasian J Emerg Med 2018; 17: 133-135
DOI: 10.5152/eajem.2018.07769
Key Words: Colon injury, barotrauma, tension pneumoperitoneum
Abstract

Rupture of colon caused by high-pressure air is a rare traumatic intra-abdominal injury. Recently, we experienced a case of colonic barotrauma followed by tension pneumoperitoneum that caused severe abdominal pain in an otherwise healthy young individual. Initially, he denied any history of trauma; later he was found to have high-pressure jet air insufflation to his rectum by the coworkers at his workplace. Radiological imaging showed high volume pneumoperitoneum. Exploratory laparotomy revealed extensive serosal lacerations. Postoperatively, the patient was discharged with uneventful recovery.


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: Sheikh S, Baig MA. Colonic Barotrauma Causing Tension Pneumoperitoneum Following Jet Air Insufflation to the Rectum. Eurasian J Emerg Med. 2018; 17 (3): 133-5.

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