Hepatic portal venous gas identified by computed tomography in a patient with blunt abdominal trauma:: A case report

David Friedman, Louis Flancbaum, Edmond F Ritter, Stanley Z. Trooskin

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An abdominal computed tomographic (CT) scan in a middle-aged man injured in a high-speed motor vehicle accident demonstrated the presence of portal venous gas. Findings on initial peritoneal lavage were entirely negative. Exploratory celiotomy performed becaused of increasing abdominal pain and leukocytosis revealed gangrene of the cecum. This report illustrates the importance of the finding of portal venous gas on CT scan in patients with blunt abdominal trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)290-292
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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