Abdominal pain after colonoscopyBMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5505 (Published 10 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5505
- Joseph Dalby Sinnott, core surgical trainee1,
- David C Howlett, consultant radiologist2
- 1Department of Surgery, East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, Eastbourne, UK
- 2Department of Radiology, East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust
- Correspondence to: J D Sinnott
A 43 year old woman was admitted to the surgical assessment unit with increasing abdominal pain 36 hours after a colonoscopy and polypectomy. On examination her abdomen was tender and mildly distended. Computed tomography (CT) was performed (fig 1⇓). What is the diagnosis?
The CT shows free air in the abdomen, which is indicative of a perforated bowel. Clips …