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Tension pneumoperitoneum as an early complication after adenotonsillectomy

  • Gus D. Vos (a1), E. H. Marres (a2), Erik Heineman (a3) and Maurice Janssens (a4)

Pneumoperitoneum as a result of pneumomediastinum has been described already. Amongst the causes pneumoperitoneum due to a complication of adenotonsillectomy, has not previously been described.

We describe a five-year-old girl with tension pneumoperitoneum with respiratory and circulatory insufficiency half an hour after adenotonsillectomy. Removal of the intra-abdominal air witha 14 gauge needle restored normal respiration and circulation.

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Address for correspondence: Dr Gijs D. Vos, Department of Paediatrics, Academic Hospital Maastricht, P0 Box 5800, 6202 AZ Maastricht, The Netherlands. Fax: +31-43875246
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