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Simple test to distinguish between surgical and non-surgical pneumoperitoneum in ventilated neonates.
  1. P Vanhaesebrouck,
  2. J G Leroy,
  3. C De Praeter,
  4. M Parijs,
  5. M Thiery
  1. Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium.


    A simple and accurate method is described for rapid differentiation of surgical and nonsurgical pneumoperitoneum by measuring the partial pressure of oxygen in intraperitoneal air with a blood gas analyser. Results in five ventilated neonates in whom this distinction was not possible by clinical or radiographic means are presented.

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