Plain radiography for diagnosis of gastrointestinal perforation in immune‐compromised children—is it enough?

E. Gilad, G. Paret, M. Katz, A. Vardi, G. Kennet, Z. Barzilay

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Abstract

Gastrointestinal perforation is a surgical emergency in the pediatric patient and any delay in diagnosis might be hazardous. In immunocompromised children, the clinical signs of perforation may be blunted. We describe a child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and a perforated appendix and ileum in whom computerized tomography (CT) revealed extraluminal air that was not initially identified on plain abdominal film. Our case demonstrates the importance of early abdominal CT and ultrasound examination in detecting these potentially lethal complications. © 1995 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-472
Number of pages3
JournalMedical and Pediatric Oncology
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CT
  • acute leukemia
  • perforated appendicitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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