Pneumoperitoneum and signs of peritonitis from a pleuroperitoneal shunt.

M. A. Lopez-Viego, J. M. Cornell

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Pleuroperitoneal shunting has become an increasingly popular therapeutic option for the control of intractable pleural effusions. However, there exists a paucity of information regarding institutional and individual experiences with this technique. We report an unusual complication of a Denver pleuroperitoneal shunt that resulted in pneumoperitoneum and a clinical picture of diffuse peritonitis from a ruptured abdominal viscus. The cause of this condition was continuous decompression of a pneumothorax into the peritoneal cavity, through the shunt.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)228-229
Number of pages2
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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