A specific sign for neonatal gastric perforation

H. Coopersmith, J. G. Rabinowitz

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The location and direction of the nasogastric tube in cases of spontaneous pneumoperitoneum of the neonate may localize the site of the perforation. In two cases of a perforated gastric greater curvature, the tip of the tube was seen to extend well beyond the confines of the stomach. Perforations in this site or along the anterior wall near this curvature are in direct line with the esophagogastric junction, and passage of a tube through this area is to be anticipated. Since perforations at this site are quite common, identification of the tube in an extragastric position is specific confirmation of its existence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-143
Number of pages3
JournalCanadian Association of Radiologists Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1973
Externally publishedYes


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