perforation (gastrointestinal)

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Gastrointestinal perforation is not normally considered as a whole in textbooks - often the separate aetiologies are discussed in isolation.

Gastrointestinal perforation should be considered as a cause of air under the diaphragm on the erect chest radiograph.

Treatment is dependent on the aetiology, however surgical intervention is usually required.

Last reviewed 01/2018

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